Inspired by design

Design Journeys


Velodrome interior, Hopkins Architects

 Hopkins Architects, Velodrome

To design a building requires a huge team effort; the Paralympic Values of inspiration and determination and the Olympic Value of excellence are particularly relevant in architecture.

You can download two presentations packed full of inspirational images showcasing the design journey of two of the key venues of the 2012 Games – the Olympic Stadium by Populous and the Velodrome by Hopkins Architects.

These presentations have been written to make it easy for you to explain the design elements and concepts through the themes: inspiration, determination and excellence.

For example, you could ask your students to describe the shape of the Velodrome (a crisp, a fried egg, a fruit bowl) – then uncover how that form was created by revealing the architects’ actual sketches and models. 

The powerpoints, which can be shown at the beginning of a lesson, are accompanied by D&T activity suggestions by key stage. These are for you to adapt and decide how to pitch them – they could be about experimenting with forms for younger students or go deeper into a research process for older students. 







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