The London 2012 Velodrome – Hopkins Architects

The London 2012 Velodrome is a truly beautiful building. Now I must confess, I love cycling. A LOT.

But all things aside, this is an inspiring building. The structure is amazing, and the huge drop ceiling cuts heating costs down. Not only that, during the daytime the entire building is entirely lit by daylight through the ceiling, walls and internal reflectors.

The building was designed by Hopkins Architects, with structural engineers Expedition Engineering.

Here it is, via london2012.com:

London Velodrome via london2012.com

London Velodrome via london2012.com

Some of the construction is pretty intense as well, here is the huge bowl like structure made of steel:

London Velodrome via london2012.com

London Velodrome via london2012.com

And a close up of the structural elements:

London Velodrome via london2012.com

London Velodrome via london2012.com

And finally, this is not the first time Hopkins Architects have used some innovative ceiling designs, check out one of their earliest, The Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre. It was designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners and was opened in 1985.

(photo via wikipedia.org creative commons)

(photo via wikipedia.org creative commons)

Keep inspired,

– Matt

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