1. London Aquatics Center 2012

Architect: Zaha Hadid


Location: London

Zaha Hadid's London Aquatics Center 2012 will host all aquatic sports for the 2012 Olympics.

2011 was the year of Hadid — the architect won Stirling Prize for the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton and completed the brilliant Riverside Museum in Glasgow (and so much more) — and the Aquatics Center ranks as the coolest. Blame our bias for spectacle and international sporting events, or our fetishistic love of curves, in the end few venues manage to blend interior and exterior so brilliantly.