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Design journeys Velodrome. © Antony Palmer. Inspired by Design.

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© Antony Palmer

Inspired by Design

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The design process for a building involves many stages, including sketching and exploring ideas. The architects of the Velodrome and VeloPark, Hopkins Architects, went on a design journey which incorporated the Values: inspiration, excellence and determination.

© Hopkins Architects

Inspired by Design

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InspirationHopkins Architects took inspiration from 3 main points: • The dynamism of racing – the built form to reflect this and the geometry of a track• A permanent brief – a 6,000 seat building designed for legacy, with the 2012 Games as “house-warming”• Bringing spectators close to the action

© Hopkins Architects

Inspired by Design

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The structural concept was:• For the building to be lightweight and efficient (like a bicycle)• To create a striking double curved roof and timber bowl which ‘shrink- wraps’ the building around the track• To construct the roof using a tension only net system – like a spider’s web or tennis racket.

© Hopkins Architects

Inspired by Design

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Hopkins Architects worked hard as a team, and with other construction professionals, to achieve an innovative cable-net roof that weighs roughly one tenth of the Beijing velodrome. A glazed concourse between the seating tiers allows views inside into the track and views out to the park.

© Hopkins Architects

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ExcellenceWorking with engineers and other consultants, the architects achieved design excellence:• In making the roof from 16km cable – this was winched up from the ground, providing a safer environment to work in. • In sustainability measures – natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, rooflights to maximise natural daylight and 28% recycled content.

© Hopkins Architects

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DeterminationThe design team also demonstrated determination when: • Creating a new and improved VeloPark in consultation with the Eastway cycling community• Creating the best velodrome to break world records.

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In legacy mode the VeloPark, with the Velodrome at the centre, will provide a whole host of cycling opportunities for the community and for visitors returning after the 2012 Games.

© Hopkins Architects

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further information about the velodrome
Further information about the Velodrome

Get Set Construction Kit:

http://getset.london2012.com/

Video in RIBA Stirling Prize section:

http://www.architecture.com/Awards/RIBAStirlingPrize RIBAStirlingPrize2011/RIBAStirlingPrize2011videos.aspx#velo

Hopkins Architects:

http://www.hopkins.co.uk/projects/_3,131/

www.architecture.com/inspiredbydesign