This project is related to the reunification of the two Germanies and the wish of a city, Berlin, about to become the capital, to be nominated fot the Olympic Games of the year 2000. The site chosen is at the intersection of urban elements and of different networks. In order to resolve the conjunction of these two systems, the buildings which will house the velodrome and the Olympic Swimming Pool vanish from sight. The question of the form being thus resolved, done away with, the project was able to deal with other issues. The urban concept behind this project is to create a green space on a handsome scale, approximately, and at the center of this green space to implant...buildings, shall we say. In Berlin one finds a way of blending nature and architecture. And this blending of nature and architecture is a form of a work that can be developed in the city. The idea was to create an orchard. Namely, to plant apple trees. When you approach through this orchard you discover, set into the ground and sticking out at a height of about a meter, two tables... One round and the other rectangular, covered with a wire gauze, which will shimmer in the sunlight and appear to be stretches of water more than buildings.
client City of Berlin, represented by OSB Sportstättenbauten GmbH architecte Dominique Perrault Architecte, Paris ; APP (Architects Perrault & Partners), Berlin ; Rolf Reichert, Munich partners APP Architects Perrault and Partners, Rolf Reichert – RPM, SSP - Schmidt, Schicketanz & Partner consultants Perrault Projets (architectural engineering), PROMOS projektmanagement Olympiasportdtätten (project management), Ove Arup & Partners Ltd. London et Berlin (structure and fluids), IBUS Institut für Bau, Umwelt und Solartechnik GmbH, IPB Frauenhofer Institut für Bauphysik (construction physics), Jean-Paul Lamoureux (acoustics and lighting), Landschaft Planen & Bauen (landscaping), Weidleplan Consulting GmbH, Architekt Kerschkamp (sports facilities consultant), Éric Jacobsen (agricultural engineer) location Landsberger Allee, Berlin, Germany site area 10 ha built area 53.780 m² (velodrome : 29.800 m², swiming pool : 23.980 m²) built volume 809.816 m³ (velodrome : 452.701 m³, swiming pool : 357.115 m³) beginning of conceptual design 1992 beginning of construction velodrome : June 1993, swimming pool : June 1995 construction period velodrome : 4 years and 3 months, swimming pool : 4 years and 5 months
program Multi-use velodrome (29,800 m²): cycling, athletics, tennis, equestrianism, sports education, concerts (11,420 spectators, 5,583 seats); pool (23,980 m²): 2 Olympic pools, Olympic diving platform, pools for diving training, handicapped, children (4,200 spectators, 2,136 seats); multisport hall.