And now…the long awaited “Part 3” of my “coverage” of works of architecture being erected for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Summer Games that start next month in London. First I covered the nomadic basketball arena, second was the natatorium, and now I’ll be covering the London Olympic Shooting Venue. This building will accommodate the 10, 25 and 50 m Sport Shooting events for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and after the Summer Games have concluded, the three temporary and mobile buildings will be dismantled (a’la the basketball arena before mentioned) and rebuilt in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The London Olympic Shooting Venue’s key design reason was sustainability, as all materials will be reused or recycled, the three venues are fully mobile, all the joints are designed to be reassembled, and no adhesives or composite materials were utilized. In the sport of shooting, the results and progress of the competition are barely visible to the spectator’s eyes, so the venue’s design was inspired to create an experience of flow and precision emphasized in the sport of shooting, and was done by creating a dynamically curving interior/exterior space. The venue is composed of three separate structures, all configured with a white double-curved 193,750 f² of phthalate-free PVC membrane façade (reducing the need for artificial lighting) with bright-colored funneled openings that work as natural ventilation, doorways, and tension nodes. Since the membrane is stretched, it prevents the façade from becoming distorted and damaged in windy weather.
The shooting venue is located in Woolwich on the grounds of the historic Royal Artillery Barracks, rather than Olympic Park and can hold over 104,000 people. The three buildings each contain 3,800 seats that are divided between two partly enclosed ranges for the 25 and 10/50 m qualifying rounds and the completely enclosed finals range. Their facades measure up to about 351 feet long that serve as a reference to the length of the local Royal Artillery Barracks building, however keep up their own modern architectural style while respecting and leaving the existing structure’s style as its own.