London-based firm Hopkins Architects has designed The Velodrome, one of the five structures going up for London’s 2012 Olympic Games.
Created to host indoor cycling events, the venue holds 6,000 seats as well as changing rooms, retail space, a viewing concourse, cafes, a bike workshop, and a bicycle rental area. The Velodrome was started in 2009 and unveiled February 2011 when the Great Britain Cycling Team tested out the indoor track.
The building works seamlessly into the skyline with its double-curve roof and natural wood elements. The design really takes into account the natural movement of a bicycle. It is incredibly efficient in its design, as well, with ample natural light and a cross ventilation system.
The hot favourite for the annual 16th RIBA Stirling Prize, Hopkins Architects’ 2012 Olympics Velodrome is a hyperbolic structure with an impressive double-curved, ultra light roof covered in red cedar wood and inspired by the race tracks. Alongside aesthetic considerations, the Velodrome is constructed with utmost care for eco-sustainability. Crane.tv chats to engineers Andrew Weir at Expedition Engineering and Klaus Bode at BDSP to hear about how they created one of the Olympic Park’s most complete structures.