Nestling into a hillside close to the city centre, the existing Velodrome is to be covered with a clear span roof to create a Centre for a variety of sports and events.
Location: Whanganui NZ
Deriving from the structural principle of a bicycle wheel, the roof is a tension membrane structure incorporating steel cables and tubular arches. The translucent shell, 75metres across and 135 metres long, transmits diffuse natural light with very little need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.
Cycling, of all sports, best embodies a model for a sustainable future, exploiting ultra-efficiency of design, cutting edge technology, innovative materials, and fine tuning of rider and machinery. These same issues inform the ethos of this design.
3DPrinted shell superstructure glows when lit at night.
Raise the velo roof is a page dedicated to the project.
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