The Velodrome✕ close
with Cristina Goberna, Urtzi Grau Ignacio Gonzalez Galan, Equipo de Mazzanti, Bryce Suite
Winning Competition Entry, Medellin, Colombia 2012
This proposal for a velodrome, selected as the winning entry in an open international competition process, is being built for the World Cycling Championships to be held in Medellin, Colombia. The project employs an innovate lightweight structural system in response to the stringent budgetary and site constraints. An algorithmic process was employed to find an optimal structural solution, which allowed for the longest spans, efficient material use and architectural differentiation. A translucent skin and operable façade allows for the greatest level of transparency, dramatic shadows and programmatic flexibility.
This structural solution privileges the creation of public space around and inside the velodrome, connecting the stadium, concourse and public area to the greater park context as continuous public plaza. A range of bike-urban activities have been clustered and organized around the base of each ‘tree’ column. Built of lightweight, operable parts, these public amenities can expand and grow during non-racing periods as well as fold up and disappear during competitions.