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London 2012 Handball Arena - Copper Box, UK

Make Architects

Make’s simple and sustainably designed Copper Box is one of only four permanent venues in London’s Olympic Park and the third largest indoor arena in London. Built with adaptability in mind, the Copper Box not only hosted various sports during the 2012 Games but will now operate as a community leisure and training facility covering a broad range of activities, from local sporting events to larger competitions, concerts and exhibitions. 

A key feature of the building is the 3,000m2 copper cladding, which has 65% recycled content and can be recycled again in the future.   Crucially, this affordable material does not suffer from atmospheric corrosion, will patinate as it ages and requires no cleaning or maintenance.  88 light-pipes are incorporated in the roof, drawing natural light into the venue with the aim of achieving annual energy savings of up to 40%.

A flexible system of retractable seating allows the internal arena to be reconfigured for specific events with capacity requirements up to a maximum of 6,000 seats; the system is electronically activated, enabling the configuration to change easily and quickly. The form of the arena is a simple structural box housing the 2,750m2 field of play which is surrounded by a vibrant, multicoloured interior. All visitors, regardless of disability, enter the arena via a glazed concourse level that encircles the building, offering views of the activity taking place within and illuminating the venue at night.

The building secured a BREEAM Excellent rating, has extremely low energy use and was designed for optimum durability.

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Building

Owner: 
Olympic Delivery Authority/London Legacy Development Corporation
Completion date: 
2011
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
London

Categories

Applications: 
Facades/fascia
Type of building: 
Sport, relaxation facilities
Copper used: 
Pre-oxidised
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Make Architects
Address & description: 
55 Whitfield StreetLondonW1T 4AH

Awards

Season: 
2013
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