Just add water

Fans of concrete architecture had quite a bit to cheer at the Olympics this summer, most notably Zaha Hadid’s Aquatics Centre – 50,000 cubic metres of concrete sculpted into two swimming pools and three perfectly smooth diving boards, all enclosed by swirling walls and a ceiling laced with skylights. It was a shoe-in for the cover of the Olympics-themed autumn issue of Concrete Quarterly, which I edit for UBM and the Concrete Centre, which features the full story behind its design and construction and some gorgeous pool-side photographs (with no swimmers around to spoil the view either).