Olympic Velodrome

Hopkins Architects, London, 2011


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  • The emblematic soaring roof profile    
  • Aerial view looking east    
  • The velodrome    
  • Ground Floor    
  • Arena Level    
  • Upper Tier    
  • Overall dimensions    
  • Seating Section    
  • Summer Air Flow Simulation    
  • Environmental Concept    
  • Diagramatical Section    
  • Facade Axonometric    
  • Upper tier plant room    
  • OVP_MT_concept sketch    
  • Materials board    
  • Workling detail    
  • Roof cassettes    
  • Eaves detail    
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One of the four permanent venues on the Olympic Park, the Velodrome provides a venue for the indoor track cycling events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The Velodrome contains 6,000 seats in both Olympic and Legacy modes and responds to both contexts in an appropriate manner with minimal transformation.

The upper and lower seating tiers are split by the main public circulation concourse which forms the main point of entry into the arena and allows spectators to maintain contact with the action on the track as they circulate around the building.

The concourse is fully glazed to allow views both into and out of the building. It also helps to visually separate the Western Red Cedar clad upper bowl from the ground floor back of house accommodation which is largely hidden behind the landscaped earth berms that form a visual plinth at the East and West ends of the building.

Cycling inspired the concept for the Velodrome. The architect sought the same application of design creativity and engineering rigour that goes into the design and manufacture of the bike to manifest itself in the building. Not as a mimicry of the bicycle but as a three dimensional response to the functional requirements of the venue.


  • Begun: Feb 2009
  • Completed: Jan 2011
  • Floor area: 21,000m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £90M
  • Funding: ODA
  • Tender date: Aug 2007
  • Procurement: NEC3
  • CO2 Emissions: 67kg/m2/year
  • Address: Olympic Velopark, Stratford, London, E15, United Kingdom

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