The Capitals creative efforts for the Olympics were not over looked at the Design Museum’s Design of the Year awards last night. The coveted Design of the Year award went to the striking London 2012 Olympic Torch, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, whilst the London 2012 Velodrome, designed by Hopkins Architects, walked away with the Architecture award.
The Olympic Torch, which also picked up the award in the product category, beat off still competition to scoop the main prize. Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, shared the views of the judges:
‘The Torch is one of the most recognisable symbols of the Olympic Games and we are thrilled that our design has won this prestigious title. I am delighted we have such a brilliantly designed, engineered and crafted Torch that will help to celebrate the amazing personal achievements of each of our 8,000 Torchbearers and give them their moment to shine. It is also fantastic news that the stunning architecture of the London 2012 Velodrome has won an award and welcome recognition of the landmark new buildings the Games are bringing to London.’
The London 2012 Velodrome beat the likes of the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Hepworth Wakefield art gallery and cultural center, and the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, which was designed by the MASS Design Group.
In other categories, Microsoft Kinect picked up the Digital award, Whilst the adaptable Nokia Pure font, designed by Dalton Maag won the Graphics prize.
To see the a full list of this years winners and nominees, take a look over at the Design Museums’ site for a full run down.