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Olympics Copper Box

03 August 2012

The 2012 London Olympics are being called the most sustainable Summer Games on record and Olympic Park buildings like the Copper Box are leading the way for energy efficiency.

Also known as the Handball Arena, the Copper Box is clad in 3,000 square metres of sustainably-sourced copper, combining efficiency and performance with a distinctive appearance that will develop a rich natural patina as it ages.



Olympics copper box


Eighty-eight light-pipes are incorporated in the roof, drawing natural light into the venue with the aim of achieving annual energy savings of up to 40 per cent. A rainwater harvesting system will collect water from the roof, dramatically reducing usage.


Light tubes in Copper Box



The venue can accommodate up to 7,000 spectators and is playing host to the handball competition and modern pentathlon.


Post-Games, the building will convert into a multi-sports community venue, offering a diverse range of indoor activities including basketball, badminton, boxing, martial arts, netball, table tennis, wheelchair rugby and volleyball.


Olympics Copper Box



Olympic organizers set out to build new facilities with energy efficient, sustainable, and recyclable designs and this commitment has carried over to many of the Games’ other buildings, including the main Olympic Stadium, the lightest ever built. The 80,000 seat stadium boasts a bevy of sustainable construction features, including rainwater harvesting, and a roof made of fabric and recycled materials.

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