There was an undeniable murmur of displeasure when Michael Hopkins’ sinuous Velodrome at the London Olympic site was pipped at the post for this year’s Stirling Prize. A strong bookies favourite the Velodrome was instead the recipient of the People’s Choice Award, winning 63% of the votes with its stunning cedar-wood curves and feminine silhouette.
Press entry to the site has been rigorously controlled during the entire construction process and only a handful of lucky publications have been allowed to film within the Olympic Park. One such company is crane.tv who have generously shared their footage with WAN readers. See below for a short excerpt including design details from within the Velodrome and short interviews with some of the key players in the circuit’s construction.