Beyond 2012 - an integrated Design Story

Basketball Arena
A built environment story

“Witnessing the transformation of our City, the uplifting spirit of the Games and the spectator experience of our design was amazing.”

Jim Eyre,

Tell us about the early design brief

The initial brief called for a temporary venue for the Olympic basketball events. We wanted to demonstrate an innovative approach in the design of what would be the largest temporary building in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

What challenges did you face along the way?

A key challenge of the project was to create a temporary building that would not only be simple to erect and sustainable in terms of its legacy once the Games were over, but one that would provide a world-class sporting venue for some of the most popular Olympic and Paralympic events. We also had to challenge some fundamental preconceptions to traditional stadia design.

The brief called for a temporary venue, not a re-configurable one, so re-use and sustainability were key issues for us to consider.

How did it feel to be involved in such an important British project?

Witnessing the transformation of our City, the uplifting spirit of the Games and seeing the spectator ‘experience’ of our design first-hand was amazing, particularly for us as a London practice.


Company name
Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Basketball Arena


Project team

Jim Eyre

Sam Wright
Associate Director

In collaboration with:

KSS Design Group
Sports Architect

Jeremy Fisher

Sinclair Knight Merz
Design Managers & Engineering Services

Nick Ling
Technical Director

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