The design of the Olympic Equestrian Center was included in the submittals of a Contractor’s JV for as Design-Build competition entry.
The complex comprised of several types of facilities, varying in function, size and construction methodology, such as an open and a closed arena, restaurants & canteens, resting areas for the equestrians, retail facilities and kiosks, as well as equipment storage cabins and other auxiliary buildings. Most of the facilities were planned as temporary, lightweight constructions covered with tensile fabric roofs, however the main facility of the Closed Arena was specified as a temporary iconic construction.
The proposed concept was for a robust, fair faced concrete box, designed to contrast with the ephemeral aesthetic of the surrounding facilities. The wing-like, elliptical shaped steel roof was detached from the solid base with the insertion of a transparent glazed zone. Protruding in all sides of the building the roof appeared as floating.
Material selection was minimized in concrete, steel and glass aspiring to a 'muscular' concept, referencing the power of the competing horses.