OLYMPIC REVIEW 43LONDON 2012 SPORTS
From the 15th-century Greenwich Park to the modernity of the Olympic Stadium, the London 2012 venues embrace the history of the British capital, while also looking to its futurePast, present and future44 OLYMPIC REVIEWLONDON 2012 VENUES2. Copper BoxThe handball venue is named for its external copper cladding. Rainwater collected from the roof will be used to ush toilets and help to reduce water use by 40 per cent.1. IBC/MPCThe International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre (IBC/MPC) will be a 24-hour media hub during the Games.5. VelodromeSustainable choices have been made wherever possible, from the sourcing of wood to the 100 per cent natural ventilation system and the optimal use of natural light.3. Olympic StadiumThe 80,000-capacity stadium was made 75 per cent lighter in terms of steel use than most other stadiums. It also features low-carbon concrete, made from industrial waste containing 40 per cent less embodied carbon than normal. The top ring of the Stadium was built using surplus gas pipes - a visual testament to London 2012's 'reduce, reuse, recycle' approach to sustainability. 4. Riverbank ArenaThe temporary hockey stadium features a blue playing eld - providing high levels of contrast with the yellow ball.