Photographer's Note

This is the small Calatrava roof that was put onto the Cycling venue contructed to host the indoor part of the sport for the Olympic and Paralympic Games ATHENS 2004. This is called Calatravaki because is a smaller version of the Calatrava Roof situated onto the Athens Olympic Stadium.

Sinclair Knight Merz provided structural engineering advice to the Greek contractor building the new roof over the existing OAKA velodrome in Athens. The velodrome was used for the cycling events at the 2004 Olympics and designed by internationally renowned Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava.

The distinctive design features a curved roof surface comprising of arch and torsion tubes to support cantilevering, tapering girders. These in turn carry the cladding. Between the arch and torsion tube are cables.

Due to the short timescale in which this was to be built, the roof was constructed as a whole set to the north by 80 metres from the existing concrete velodrome tracks. On completion of the steel structure, the roof was slid into position then clad and completed.

The involvement of Sinclair Knight Merz on the project demonstrates its expertise in:

*Long span roof design of world class sports buildings
*Highly complex non-linear analysis of major structures
*Construction and erection techniques for fast-track projects
*Understanding of major steelwork fabrication and erection issues

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