Design Stories - The Architecture behind 2012

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.

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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 raw ideas that inspired the architects involved. At its centre the exhibition will feature a stunning 14-metre graphic mural capturing the energy and contrasting styles of the new Olympic 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 providing an exceptional central London location to cheer on the record-breaking athletes and experience the stunning new venues they will compete in.


Design Stories is part of the official London 2012 Festival.


Admission free.

Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA)

66 Portland Place
London Greater London United Kingdom W1B 1AD

Opening hours:

Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm; and until 10pm on Tuesday.