7/11/2012

London 2012 Shooting Venue


With the 2012 Olympics just weeks away, the city of London is already shifting into full gear to prepare for the Global Events to take place from July 27 to August 12.  Three mobile buildings will accommodate the 10, 25, and 50 m shooting competitions.  Shooting is a sport in which the results and progress of the competition are hardly visible to the eye of the spectator. The design of the shooting venue was driven by the desire to evoke an experience of flow and precision inherent in the shooting sport through the dynamically curving space.







All three ranges were configured in a crisp, white double curved membrane facade studded with vibrantly colored openings.  As well as animating the facade these dots operate as tensioning nodes.  The 18,000 m2 of phthalate-free pvc membrane functions best in this stretched format as it prevents the facade from flipping in the wind.  The openings also act as ventilation intake and doorways at ground level.  It is estimated that more than 104,000 spectators will watch the competitions.