MRVDV design for Olympic Village

Designs for New York City's proposed Olympic Villages, for NYC's 2012 Olympic bid, were revealed yesterday. Mayor Bloomberg said, "Queens is where the world has come to see the future, and if we're lucky enough to host the 2012 Games, Queens will provide a spectacular home away from home for thousands of the world's greatest athletes." Athletes, coaches and officials will be housed in Queens, with the villages on the East River, and later on, the village would become residential housing for 18,000 NYC residents.

See the proposed designs here, or go to Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central, where you can view them over the next two weeks. Gothamist likes the twisted towers, pictured above, from (corrected) Henning Larsens Tegnestue. Dutch firm MRVDV also has a designed; we've loved their pig farm design. Other designers include Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne (LA), and Smith-Miller & Hawkinson (NY).

And the Times' Herbert Muschamp is impressed and feels any city can "feel proud" of these designs.