Flaring its muscular grey wings like a stingray leaping out of the river Lea, the Aquatics Centre was planned as the showpiece of the London 2012 Olympic Games, a piece of liquid drama designed by the country's most celebrated queen of the curve, Zaha Hadid. [...]
"I didn't mind the seating stands so much," shrugs Hadid, sitting poolside beneath the bulging belly of her building, which finally opens to the public on Saturday. — theguardian.com
The 600 seats in question only concern 10-meter platform events, which start Monday. Small portions of the dives may not be visible. The Zaha Hadid-designed Aquatics Centre features a dipping roof that limits viewing from the highest seats. — sfgate.com
... one the most gifted architects of my time has been reduced to wrapping such conventional programs of use in merely expressionistic forms, without letting a single ray of her genius illuminate the human condition. Am I being pretentious and overly demanding? Of course. But that’s the way disappointed lovers behave. Exaggerated emotions. Absurd demands. Anger that transgresses all reason. She has let me down, and what makes it worse is that she apparently couldn’t care less. — Lebbeus Woods
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