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Natal’s other arena: Arena do Morro by Herzog and de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron’s simple and elegant pro bono gymnasium strengthens the social fabric of the Brazilian favela of Mãe Luíza, writes Hattie Hartman. Photography by Iwan Baan

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Building study: University of Cambridge Sports Centre by Arup Associates

When Arup Associates traded in glulam beams for steel trusses at the University of Cambridge Sports Centre, a complex set of design problems simply disappeared, writes Felix Mara. Photography by Simon Kennedy

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Design thaw: Hydro by Foster + Partners

Parametric modelling freed up the design development of Foster + Partners’ Hydro, writes Felix Mara

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Loose fit, raw energy: Olympic Energy Centres by John McAslan + Partners

Rather than a white elephant, for the ODA McAslan designed a lean, rust-red monument of a power plant in Stratford, writes Felix Mara. Photography by Hufton + Crow

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Stirling Prize 2012: Olympic Stadium by Populous

‘Those watching the Olympics on telly were struck by its graphic simplicity: it looked good in 2D, an icon in the purest sense,’ writes Rory Olcayto

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The flame game: Heatherwick's Olympic cauldron

The visual spectacle of Heatherwick Studio’s Olympic cauldron was hand-crafted in the workshop and refined with digital modelling, writes Felix Mara

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Overlay crafting: Eton Manor Sports Complex

With its temporary Games overlay destined to be swept away for very different legacy uses, Eton Manor Sports Complex called for a sophisticated design strategy – and that is what Stanton Williams provided, writes Felix Mara

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What the doctor ordered: Penoyre & Prasad’s Olympic Village Health Centre

Speed of delivery, response to context and design quality make Penoyre & Prasad’s East Village Health Centre an instructive object lesson in civic architecture, writes Rory Olcayto. Photography by Tim Soar

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Olympic treatment

Lyall Bills & Young’s secluded water recycling plant in the Olympic Park sets the standard for similar utilities, says Amanda Birch

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Orbit: Awkward, bizarre, sublime

Felix Mara experiences the eccentric ArcelorMittal Orbit tower and sculpture at close quarters. Photography by Simon Kennedy

Slideshow: All 89 covers for the Architects' Journal of June 16, 2011


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