Located in the Woolwich district of London, magma architecture‘s ‘Olympic Shooting Venue’ will host this summer’s marksmen events for the 10, 25, and 50 meter ranges. Comprised of two partially-closed structure and one fully-enclosed center, the temporary constructions are fully mobile, easily dismantled and reassembled when needed leaving no permanent damage to the footprint.
Modular steel trusses and members frame simple cubed volumes with 18,000 square meters of pvc double-layer membrane stretched over the buildings. The colorful circular protrusions act as tension nodes to support the membrane spanning an otherwise expansive surface area. They also create entry and exit points for natural ventilation, maintain interior comfort temperatures and create entryways on the ground floor. The semi-translucent nature of the tents reduces the need for interior lighting, making the projects almost fully self sufficient.
The following is some further information on the mobile structure:
“In 2012 London will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Three mobile buildings will accomodate 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 façade studded with vibrantly colored openings. As well as animating the façade 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 façade from flapping 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.”