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Cataloging the Olympic Venues

Cataloging the Olympic Venues
Courtesy: RIBA

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.


Velodrome. Cycling. Hopkins Architects Partnership


Velodrome. Cycling. Hopkins Architects Partnership


Shooting range. magma architecture


Shooting range. magma architecture


Basketball Arena. Basketball, Handball. Wilkinson Eyre and Sinclair Knight Merz


Aquatics Centre. Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Modern Pentathlon. Zaha Hadid Architects


Aquatics Centre. Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming, Modern Pentathlon. Zaha Hadid Architects


The Copper Box. Handball, Modern Pentathlon. MAKE Architects, Populous


Inside the Copper Box. London 2012



Olympic Stadium. Athletics. Populous Architects. RIBA


Olympic Stadium. Athletics. Populous Architects. RIBA


Olympic Stadium. RIBA


Coca-Cola Beatbox. Pavilion. Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt


ArcellorMittal Orbit. Pavilion/bauble. Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond


BMW Group Pavilion. Pavilion. Serie Architects

This post originally appeared on Architizer, an Atlantic partner site.

A.J. Artemel is a second-year student at Yale School of Architecture. He holds a BS Arch and a Minor in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. All posts »

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