Thomas Heatherwick's London 2012 Olympic Cauldron sweeps into second place, unveiled at the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
Reaching third place, the Butterfly Loft Apartment in West London by Tigg Coll Architects has a staircase with a glass balustrade and open treads.
Slotting into number four is House of Cedar in Osaka, designed by Suga Atelier, with a transparent facade and timber framing.
Winding up our July stories is Stacking Green by Vietnamese architects Vo Trong Nghia, a house in Ho Chi Minh City with a vertical garden.
The London 2012 Olympics brought plenty of architecture and design news, with Zaha Hadid under fire for restricted views at the Aquatics Centre (above) and denied a ticket to attend. There was also controversy over the marketing rules for architects of Olympic projects and Heatherwick's cauldron stole the show at the opening ceremony. See our interactive photo of the Olympic Park here and all our stories about design for the London 2012 Olympics here.
Meanwhile the Design Academy Eindhoven was in turmoil with head of the masters school Gijs Bakker (above) retiring from the role just as the heads of all three masters courses resigned following a disagreement with the school over educational reform. The heads later returned to their posts, claiming victory in the dispute.
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