Technicolor Bullet Holes Make This the Perfect Home for Olympic Shooting

By Leslie Horn on at

This pock-marked trio of buildings comprises the venue for the shooting events at the 2012 London Olympics. Designed by Magma Architecture, the colourful structures look like someone unloaded a bunch of rounds into them, fitting for the place that hosts gun-toting competitions.

Each 3,800-seat building will be home to events in the 10, 25, and 100 metre Sport Shooting category. The first medal of the games will be awarded here for the Women's 10 meter Air Pistol on July 28. Located in Woolwich, the venue is separate from Olympic Park and is on the grounds of the historic Royal Artillery Barracks. Though it's temporary and will be taken down when the games end in August, it will be reassembled for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Its PVC membrane allows the insides to be bathed in sunlight. Designers wanted to evoke a kind of flow and precision with the three ranges on the inside that is associated with a sport so dependent on accuracy. The results are a dramatically curved, structured membrane on the outside dotted with candy-colored circles that look like bullet holes—a design that's quite perfect for shooting, yet happy and cheerful enough for the summer games. [ArchDaily]

Image credit: J.L. Diehl