Another London 2012 Olympics venue's been checked off the list, and Zaha Hadid's aquatic centre is quite simply the most stunning yet. All swimming events, plus diving and water polo will be held here in front of 17,500 spectators.
Not to mention the millions of viewers tuning in from around the world on their TV sets. The planning committee must be pretty proud of their choice of Zaha Hadid Architects to build the aluminium-roofed building, which measures about 160m long and 90m wide. Below you can see the space-age ceiling and the aerated ceiling of the training pool, which casts pretty reflections on the water below.
It's even a little bit eco-friendly too, with the excess pool water being channelled from the pool to the bathrooms, where it will be recycled as toilet water.
Looking at the pictures, I'm suddenly saddened I didn't manage to get any tickets for the Olympics — though nothing would get me up onto that diving board platform. Not even one of these gold medals. [Hufton & Crow via DesignBoom]