Proposed Roof for existing Velodrome Track
Company: Copeland Associates Architects
Client: Regional Velodrome Development Trust
Location: Whanganui, New Zealand
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Whanganui has a world class velodrome track built in 1995 to full international standards, however the original design did not feature a roof. The tropical hardwood surface, regarded as the fastest in the country is now becoming weathered and needs to be protected if it is to survive. In addition, being exposed to the elements, it is difficult to host major events at the track due to the potential for weather disruption.
In 2017, the Velodrome ‘Raise the Roof Trust’ received the final backing from the government to go ahead with the $12million roof.
I was contracted by Copeland Associates to build a dynamic and robust parametric model to respond to the design changes as the engineers are engaged.
A fully responsive model was built in Grasshopper to adjust to all aspects of the design including the size, height and angle of structural members, tension membrane and adaptive skylights. The parametric model has a direct feed to Archicad for further documentation and automatically exported to DXF/DWG for further work and analysis with the engineers.