Anna Meares Velodrome by Cox Architecture

An elite sports training hub



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“It’s a beautiful track. It’s going to create a wonderful atmosphere for the Commonwealth Games 2018.” Anna Meares, one of Australia’s most decorated Olympians, on the opening of the Anna Meares Velodrome, in November 2016. Designed by Cox Architecture and completed twelve months ahead of schedule, the Anna Meares Velodrome is a world class venue featuring an international competition standard 250 metre timber cycling track, with its facilities catering for a range of cyclists and a number of indoor court sports.

▼场馆外观,exterior view


▼混凝土基座立面,concrete base facade


The Velodrome is adjacent to an outdoor BMX track, creating a cycling-specific precinct both for elite athletes and the community. Cox has arranged the building to create a public plaza between the velodrome and the BMX track that serves both facilities ensures its use all year-round.It will be a centrepiece venue for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, along with two other Cox-designed venues, the Cairns Convention Centre (basketball) and the Gold Cost Aquatic Centre (swimming and diving).

▼主入口立面,entrance facade

▼钢结构覆盖以和聚四氟乙烯(PTSE)薄膜,a steel structure with a Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTSE) membrane cladding



The Anna Meares Velodrome is located at the southern end of the Sleeman Sports Complex (SSC) at Chandler in Brisbane, Queensland, an elite sports training hub which is home to the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, BMX Super Cross Track, and training facilities for both Weightlifting and Gymnastics. The velodrome is sited in a eucalyptus forest, yet its unique form sits comfortably in its context. The sweeping, undulating roof is inspired by the dynamics of cycling and is a defining feature of the velodrome’s design, lifting towards the straights of the track where the greatest number of seats are, and pulling down at the bends where there are fewer seats. The roof design also allows for versatility in the velodrome’s seating requirements, ensuring maximised views from all aspects when further seating is added for major events. It accommodates 1,500 permanent seats, but will be able to hold 4,000 seats during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. A multipurpose indoor sports court occupies the centre of the track.

▼室内概览,interior overview

▼屋顶的膜结构将自然光引入室内, The membrane cladding allows natural light into the building

▼赛道的中央是一个多功能的室内运动场地,a multipurpose indoor sports court occupies the centre of the track


The velodrome is energy and water efficient and is the first velodrome in the world to have full LED broadcast-quality lighting. The velodrome is made from a steel structure with a Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTSE) membrane cladding, which is both translucent and opaque to allow natural light into the building. The combination of steel and membrane creates a continuous tessellated pattern on the surface of the building. The white membrane cladding also allows for projections to be cast onto the facade during game time. At night, external lights cast a silhouette of the trees onto the facade.

▼250米长的国际标准木质自行车赛道,a world class venue featuring an international competition standard 250 metre timber cycling track

▼赛道上的自行车手,cyclist on the track

Project size:10916 m2
Completion date:2016
Building levels:2

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