As the world turns its eyes to London in 2012, Design Stories examines the architecture and engineering behind the 2012 sporting venues. It provides a unique Olympic experience – a place where people can explore and view drawings, images, videos and amazingly detailed models of London’s key new sporting venues.
The exhibition draws back the layers of complex engineering and explores the ideas and design principles that lie behind the venues. At its centre the exhibition features a stunning 14-metre graphic mural capturing the energy and contrasting styles of the new Olympic and Paralympic buildings.
The 2012 sporting venues and lead architects featured in the exhibition include:
Olympic Stadium – Populous
Aquatics Centre – Zaha Hadid Architects
Velodrome – Hopkins Architecture
Basketball Arena – Wilkinson Eyre/KSS Design Group
Handball Arena – MAKE
Hockey Centre – Populous
Shooting venue – Magma Architecture
Waterpolo venue – David Morley Architecture
Eton Manor – Stanton Williams.
As the Games begin the audio visual element of the installation will transform into a live screening lounge from Monday 30 July, providing an exceptional central London location to cheer on the record-breaking athletes and experience the stunning new venues they will compete in.
Admission to all RIBA exhibitions is free. Galleries at 66 Portland Place are open Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm; and until 10pm on Tuesday.