London 2012: Double triumph for Olympics at design awards

The Olympic Torch, soon to travel around the country in relay, has scooped the Design of the Year award.

Humorously nick-named The Cheese Grater, the Barber Osgerby design was the overall winner from 89 entries to claim the winning title.

The aluminium made torch will be carried over 8,000 miles and is perforated with 8,000 circular holes, each representing a bearer.

Aside from being decorative, the holes also act to reduce the weight of the torch and prevent heat from the flame being conducted to the bearer’s hand.

And the stunning Velodrome where Sir Chris Hoy and Team GB are expected to win a hatfull of medals this summer, made it an Olympic win double, taking the Architecture Award.

All the winners and other shortlisted designs are currently on show at the Designs of the Year exhibition at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, SE1 2YD

until July 4.

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