Hadid denies blame for restricted Olympic views

Zaha Hadid has denied blame for restricted views of the diving events in the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, stating that her design went beyond the brief.

Around 600 tickets were sold to Olympic spectators unaware that they would have restricted views of the top diving events.

A statement from the Iraq-born architect’s practice said: “The brief for the building from LOCOG was to provide 5,000 spectator seats with uninterrupted views of the 10m diving platform events.”

“The centre actually provides over 8,000 seats with uninterrupted views of the 10m platform events. This is more than 3,000 additional seats than the brief required. LOCOG approved the sightline studies and seating layouts over two years ago.”

Spectators at the top of the temporary seating wings must view dives from the 10m platform on large screens.