Issue Number: 115
While the world’s sports stars have been limbering up for London 2012, our leading architects – many of them Royal Academicians – have been setting the stage for the Games with innovative projects. By Hugh Pearman.
Designed by Michael Hopkins RA’s firm with Expedition Engineering as engineers, this is a lean, low-energy building, inspired by cycling itself. With its taut, cable-net roof (no heavy girders required) and its curving, up-tilted form that follows the banks of spectator seating within, the Velodrome is designed to create maximum atmosphere. Unusually for this kind of venue, it has been built so that it lets in a lot of natural light through its roof and sides.