The distinctive and elegant shape of the Velodrome acts as a landmark to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games.
ArchitectHopkins Architects, supported
ClientThe Olympic Delivery Authority
Project TypePublic Space
Structural EngineerExpedition Engineering
Joinery ContractorCornerstone, Brown & Carroll
Timber SpeciesWestern red cedar, Pine, Birch
Timber ElementsLVL, OSB, Structure, Cladding, Doors, Cycling track, Toilet pods, Plywood
The distinctive and elegant shape of the Velodrome acts as a landmark to the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. Its doublecurved timber clad roof is a reflection of the sloping 250 metre track inside, a synthesis of form and function which is achieved with an economy of means and materials. The double curvature structure wraps round the track, with a glazed concourse allowing views onto the track and over the park.
The seating is split into upper and lower levels so that the Velodrome will not feel so vast when partially occupied. Inside, the sloping track of Siberian pine at low level and the birch ply underside of the roof cassettes at high level create a sense of spaciousness and light. The Velodrome will seat 6,000 spectators at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and afterwards it will become a hub for amateur cycling enthusiasts.
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