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Zaha Hadid denies blame for restricted views at London 2012 Aquatics Centre

Dezeen Wire: architect Zaha Hadid has denied her design for the London 2012 Aquatics Centre is to blame for the 600 tickets sold to Olympic spectators unaware they'll have a restricted view of the top diving events.

"The brief for the building from LOCOG was to provide 5000 spectator seats with uninterrupted views of the 10m diving platform events," says a statement from Zaha Hadid Architects. "The centre actually provides over 8000 seats with uninterrupted views of the 10m platform events. This is more than 3000 additional seats than the brief required. LOCOG approved the sightline studies and seating layouts over two years ago."

Those seated at the top of the temporary seating wings will have to watch dives from the ten-metre platform on large screens and about 2400 seats were not put on sale at all because of restricted views.

Hadid herself wasn't invited to attend any of the events at the venue.

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