This week we spent developing two of our rather impressive stadium designs. Not only the architectural and structural form of the buildings, but also design of the Mechanical and Electrical systems; the seating; and the pool itself. This was all very new and not exactly a breeze but we rose to the challenge and feel we have made significant headway.
Amongst all this design we still found time to take a site visit to the London Aquatics Centre where we were given an expert tour of the pool and the various and complicated parts of plant required to keep a pool running to Olympic standards. It was incredibly helpful to see the layout and equipment required and to get some perspective on the sizes of what we were designing: pipes, sand filters, ventilation, dangerous hydrochloric acid tanks. After this site visit we came back with new ideas and plans for our arena, some things had to be changed but overall we felt we were on track.
SUCCESSFUL WEEK ALL ROUND.
Group 3’s project is to design an iconic aquatics arena for a World Championship swimming event in the Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park. Not only does the stadium have to be iconic, it also has to be temporary and sustainable. Although the task seemed daunting we did not quite have a full on breakdown, instead opting to take a pleasant (yet obviously hardworking) walk around the proposed site.
After this we got straight to work, researching the world of stadium and swimming pool construction before putting on our creative hard hats to come up with several designs. The rest of the week was then spent developing 4 main designs with materials, layouts, and some structural considerations. We also looked at transport around the area and the relationship we have to sustain with the Royal Parks.
The first meeting with the client was very insightful and we are now well into our second week developing two designs in particular. More focus has gone into the technical aspects of the project including structural design of the roof and floor, and some of the mechanical and electrical components required.
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