The 2012 Olympic Games are almost upon us! With tomorrow’s opening ceremony, London will welcome thousands of visitors into the Olympic Park, as well as the millions of viewers who will be watching the proceedings from their homes. Many athletes will compete, hoping to win the gold and the glory, but many people do not realize that architecture is also an Olympic event. With many gigantic venues having to be built from scratch, the Olympics is a time for designers, from starchitects to unknowns, to prove their mettle. Here, we present a round-up of many of the Olympic projects we’ve covered, and some we haven’t.
Images: Hopkins Architects Partnership
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Aquatics Centre. Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Modern Pentathlon. Zaha Hadid Architects.
Images: Hufton + Crow
The Copper Box. Handball, Modern Pentathlon. MAKE Architects, Populous.
Images via London 2012
Olympic Stadium. Athletics. Populous Architects.
Images via RIBA
Coca-Cola Beatbox. Pavilion. Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt.
Images: Hufton + Crow, except above: Getty Images
ArcellorMittal Orbit. Pavilion/bauble. Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond.
Image via BDO Online
Image via dezeen
BMW Group Pavilion. Pavilion. Serie Architects.
Images: BMW Blog