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).

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.

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