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Ready for its close-up: Glasgow Film Theatre by NORD

NORD’s new auditorium for the Glasgow Film Theatre harks back to the cinema’s 1930s grandeur, writes project architect Brian McGinlay. Photography by Dapple Photography


London Aquatics Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects

Stirling Prize 2014: A visit to the Olympic Park’s swimming pool is about as real as it gets in Stratford, home of the branded townscape, writes Rory Olcayto


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


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


Design thaw: Hydro by Foster + Partners

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


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


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


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

Eton Manor Sports Complex by Stanton Williams

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

East Village Health Centre by Penoyre & Prasad

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

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

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