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LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC VENUES PART 5 - Copper Box | Wednesday, July 25, 2012| Gulf News Gulf News Wednesday, July 25, 2012| 6 OLYMPIC VENUES PART 5 COPPER BOX 7 Simple and very functional 2)Slot (a no walls section, formed with glass all around the perimeter of the venue, connects the inner and outer areas) The roof is made of highly insulated materials. The surface is angled to allow rainwater to fall to the rain collectors. The Handball Arena, better known as the Copper Box, is another example of an Olympic venue constructed with the sustainability concept as a main priority. A simple shape, smart distribution of space, natural light used at maximum and water saving, were taken very seriously in this construction. The venue is formed by 3 basic elements: 3) A floating box- A makeover in Polycarbonate dome (self cleaning) 88 sunlight pipes allow- natural light to enter the venue, reducing energy consumption. This will achieve annual savings of up 40%. How a sun Reflecting panels- pipe works the nick of time A really simple design, based on a highly reflective tube with a translucid polycarbonate dome located in the upper side. Inside, a group of reflective panels help capture the sunlight. The sunlight rebounds inside and reaches a diffusing dome in the bottom of the tube, which allows a better distribution of the light. The sun pipes also have a regulator system to control the amount of light entering the venue or turn them off to use the electrical system in events such a TV broadcast during a live game. The modular lighting systems' have daylight control sensors in the roof, which activate when there is no sunlight. Reflecting tubé 1.5m diameter The home of handball has been renamed the Copper Box while the venue will also host modern pentathlon's fencing -1)Building base 1,000-tonne steel frame supports the roof structure. DUBAI By HUGO A. SANCHEZ 3D modeller & The roof element that gives the- arena its name is cladded with 3,000m2 of copper, of which 65% is recycled from production scraps. infographic artist and ALARIC GOMES The copper cladding has a pre-oxidised finish and the material will look better over time because each section of copper will have coloured variations due to the natural oxidation. Some well-known buildings that use copper cladding include, the Unicorn Theatre at London Bridge and Queen Mary University. 18.2m Senior Reporter enamed the Copper Box only in January 2012, this venue with 73m Diffusing dome Köf 6,000 to 7,000 is the home of handball and the modern pentathlon's fencing discipline. For the Games itself, the Copper Box will transformation. !undergo a quicker Following the last of the women's quarter-finals in handball on August 7, the pitch will be removed and replaced with new playing areas and scoreboards for the fencing portion of the modern pen- tathlon that commences on must 11. August Previously known as the Handball Arena, it was re- named beca handball, it wvill also host the use aside from 258 fencing competition of the Modern Pentathlon during corner Olympics and will for goalball during the the be the 4159 permanent seats in the two tiers demountable seats also venue 2012 Paralympic Initially, London's Olympic Games, bid had proposed that there would be four arenas in the Olympic Park. master-plan published in 2006 reduced this to three, with the volleyball being moved to Earls Court Exhibition Centre and the but Upper tier the revised 2312 retractable seats fencing competition was shifted to be held at ExCel. Upper concourse The tubes from the ceiling effect will create a 'spotlight light the venue by ural light to shine on the court. In another environmentally friendly feature will be collected from the roof and recycled to flush the toilets in an effort to reduce water use. to allowing nat- Concourse level rainwater 68 wheelchair positions For the base, brick was used for its durability and robustness. To create an interesting contrast against the brick colour, recessed doors and windows with red-coloured frames were installed. The jewellery box concept Over 1,000 pre-cast concrete planks were used for the concourse, upper concourse and upper tier. Inside, there are 47 rooms for media, medical services, lounges maintenance and 136 toilet cubicles. The look of the Copper Box is based on a classic jewellery box idea. A solid and metallic exterior protects a highly valuable content. Vibrant colours used in the inner walls as a velvet cover, and multicolour seats emulating a variety of valuable jewellery, are set to amaze visitors and TV viewers during the Games. The base concrete slab weights 300 tonnes *Legacy mode The Copper Box will become a multi-use arena for the community and elite athletes. Due to its retactable seating feature, the arena will be suitable for a wide range of sports including handball, basketballI, boxing, martial arts, table tennis, wheelchair rugby and volleyball. The facilities will include a fitness club and a cafe. The media areas and The array of colours in the seats help create a dynamic ambience, giving the impression that the Arena is crowded. The idea is to provide an animated atmosphere in the venue, even if the occupancy is low. athletes' changing rooms will also be opened to the public. Retactable metal sections Wood plates -The wood plates behind the seats become the facade of the grandstand when it is closed. Retractable seats The Arena has a lot of space configuration possibilities for different competitions, thanks to the retractable seat systems located in the main flanks of the lower tier. These can be stored or partially deployed depending on the requirements of the competition. In the corners the retractable system is not possible; for that reason, demountable sections are used to arrange the seats. Wood plates Each metal section of the retractable grandstand slides inside. Grandstand side view Sources: http://planning, Photos:, LA


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Copper Box Fifth delivery of the infographic series about the newest venues in the Olympic Park.


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