It has been described as "Masterpiece" by International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge.
The roof of the arena which is made of steel, weighs 3,200 tons and the pools can hold 2.6 million gallons of water.
The London Aquatics Centre is an indoor swimming facility in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London. It was completed in 2011 at the cost of £269 million. Its design is inspired by Dollan Aqua Centre of Scotland. The centre has hosted many international swimming competitions such as 2012 Summer Olympics, Paralympics, and 2016 European Aquatics Championships. The centre was designed in 2004 by Pritzker Prize winning architect Zaha Hadid and is currently maintained by Greenwich Leisure Limited. This venue has two competition pools and one warm-up pool. It has a movable pool floor to reduce the depth and movable booms to change size. Since this aquatic centre was designed before the bid of 2012 Olympics, the spectator side wings were not part of the original layout. They were later added to increase the seating capacity to 17,500. When the two temporary "wings" were removed, it reduced the capacity to a regular 2,500 seats with an option to increase it by 1,000 for major events.
In 2005, its design was revised due to specific changes which increased the construction cost to £150 million.
In March 2014, the center was re-opened for public after significant modifications.
Its construction started in 2008 and completed in 2011.
In 2016, It hosted the European Aquatics Championships.