London 2012 Olympic Handball Arena

Make, Stratford, London, 2011


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  • Games seating bowl    
  • Games concourse    
  • Legacy field of play    
  • Legacy event field of play    
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Venue for the Olympic handball competition and the modern pentathlon to accommodate 7,000 spectators

Along with these Olympic events the goalball competition will take place at the venue during the Paralympics.

The form of the arena is a simple structural box housing the 2,750m2 field of play which is surrounded by a multicoloured interior and a flexible system of retractable seating. Visitors will enter the arena via a glazed concourse level that encircles the building, offering views of the activity taking place within and illuminating the venue at night.

A 13,700m2 back-of-house area includes catering, security and media facilities.

The facade is clad with sustainably-sourced copper, which will develop a rich natural patina as it ages. 88 light-pipes are incorporated in the roof, drawing natural light into the venue and a rainwater harvesting system will collect water from the roof.

In Legacy mode the building will be converted into a multi-sports community venue capable of seating up to 6,000 and offering a diverse range of indoor activities including basketball, badminton, boxing, martial arts, netball, table tennis, wheelchair rugby and volleyball. The arena will also include a health and fitness club and cafe for use by the local residents.


  • Begun: Jul 2009
  • Completed: Jun 2011
  • Floor area: 15,500m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Address: Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E15, United Kingdom

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