magma architecture: olympic shooting venue
magma architecture: olympic shooting venue magma architecture: olympic shooting venue
jul 29, 2012

magma architecture: olympic shooting venue

‘olympic shooting venue’ by magma architecture, london, england image © hufton+crow all images courtesy of magma architecture

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.

shooting venues

street view

entry image © hufton+crow

circular nodes provide ventilation and circulation


circular node detail

shooting venues

entrance node


interior with stands

interior of nodes

interior of node

interior space frame structure

shooting venue

exterior shooting venues

section perspective

ventilation diagram

exploded axonometric of nodes

project info:

completion: january 2012 test event: april 2012 olympics: july/august 2012 paralympics: september 2012 estimated no of visitors: 104.000 total footprint shooting ranges: 14.305 m2 total seating capacity shooting ranges: 3.800 seating capacity open air shotgun range: 2.600 area of membrane façade: 18.000 m2 longest façade without joints: 107m

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