External cladding for the 12,000-seat London Olympics Basketball Arena has been completed.
The Basketball Arena, which is 114m long by 98m wide and 35m tall, is scheduled for completion in the spring. It is one of the largest temporary structures ever built for Olympic events.
The 1,000-tonne superstructure for the Basketball Arena is now wrapped in 20,000 sq m of recyclable white PVC membrane, providing an early view of what the venue will look like when finished.
During the Games the fabric, which is stretched over three different variations of arched panels, will act as a canvas for an artistic and innovative external lighting design.
It will stage the Basketball preliminaries and quarter-finals, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby and the Handball men’s quarter-finals, all semi-finals and medal matches.
After the Games, the venue will be dismantled by the main contractor Barr Construction, which owns the arena, with elements potentially used at other UK and overseas events.
Elsewhere in the Olympic Park, the main structure is now in place for the 7,000-seat handball arena, and the roof has been completed on the velodrome.