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Zaha reveals Aquatics Centre legacy mode

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Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled this image of the 2012 Olympics Aquatics Centre in legacy mode.

The venue will shrink from a 17,500-capacity arena in Games mode to have a capacity of just 2,500. The ODA said it will provide ‘elite sport and community facilities permanently for London’.

The BBC has reported that the wave-shaped building is likely to cost £215 million – nearly three times as much as the £75 million originally estimated.

Zaha Hadid has aleady scaled back the building – which the ODA describes as the gateway to Olympic Park – after then Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell sent her 'back to the drawing board' in 2006 because of spiralling costs.

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