Populous were the official architectural and overlay design service provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In this presentation Populous will give an overview of the work completed leading up to the 2012 Olympics and focusing on the design and delivery of the 2012 main stadium. The presentation will illustrate the Rhino work undertaken in the design and delivery of the 2012 stadium expanding to cover the on going transformation work underway in the transformation of the main stadium into its legacy use.

David Hines

David Hines is a senior associate at Populous. He joined the global design practice in 2005 and worked on the development of the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, being involved with all aspects from design to completion. He leads the parametric and advanced geometry group within Populous, developing in-house tools and applications, and has lectured on similar topics at several universities and conferences around the world.

Pavol Knapo

Pavol Knapo is a versatile designer who explores overlaps between architecture, geometry and computation. He joined Populous in 2013 and has worked on Olympic Stadium Transformation since. He has developed number of applications that helped design development within tight timeframe.

London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Main Stadium
London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Main Stadium

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Fisht Stadium Overview

The Populous architectural offices were responsible for designing the iconic Fisht Stadium. The main stadium design delivers a wonderful vision for the winter Olympics, and a lasting sustainable legacy for Sochi. Its sweeping form responds to both its coastal location and mountainous backdrop, and engages with its surroundings by day, and provides an iconic representation of the colour and spectacle of the games when illuminated at night. The building sits in a prominent location on the Sochi Olympic plaza, with each of the multiple stairway transitions acknowledging the direction of spectator approaches and creating a landscaped flow to the podium within which the main trussed roof form springs from sleek buttresses. The stadium is driven by a desire to utilize the form and transparency of the skin of the building, to expose structural elements and preserve viewing corridors to the mountains and sea. The dynamic relationship between the curvature of the roof edge and the podium, frames views both into the stadium for the general public and outwards for those spectators ascending within the skeleton of the building. The differing modal requirements are accommodated within a simple bowl arrangement providing event configurations between 25,000 and 45,000 seats to address Olympic opening, closing, and medal ceremonies, and full FIFA stadium compliance to meet its world cup host venue ambitions. Outside of major event mode, the bowl reverts to a compact and atmospheric environment, with a continuous lower bowl flanked by two upper wing terraces housed within the main arches of the stadium.

Fisht Stadium Overview