The elegant and dynamic form of the Velodrome was the first stadium to be completed in Stratford’s Olympic Village. It has since won awards for its design and sustainability, the latter in particular is something designers Hopkins Architects are very proud of.
The venue cleverly makes use of natural light in the form of a glass band that runs around the entire building connecting the athletes inside to the visitors in the Olympic Park outside. The same glass band ‘props up’ the beautiful curved facade of the building, clad in Western red cedar. The architects claim sustainability over beauty, was the driving factor in their design. But for me the timber clad facade is a sculptural masterpiece.