Design Stories - The Architecture behind 2012


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This summer the world came together for London 2012 and celebrated the best Olympic games ever - an event that has redefined what hosting the games can mean.

Design Stories examines the architecture and engineering behind the 2012 sporting venues that made it all possible. It provides a place where people can explore and view drawings, images, videos and amazingly detailed models of London's key new sporting venues.

Watch a short film about this exhibition and hear from the curator

The exhibition draws back the layers of complex engineering and explores the design principles that lie behind the venues. At its centre it 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.

Design Stories is part of the official London 2012 Festival.


Free admission



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Design Stories 2012 Mural
Design by Dan Bissonnet