BMX Supercross Track by Kleinfeldt Mychajlowycz Architects

Well, this looks pretty fun. The BMX Supercross Track Legacy Project was built for the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and was designed and constructed to the exacting standards of the Union Cycliste Internationale certification board.

BMX racing only just became a medal sport in 2008 at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, so the designers are contributing to a relatively young tradition of world-class cycling architecture. Using precedents from previous facilities, the designers found that the aesthetics of concrete allowed the practical considerations of storage, ramp heights and retaining wall sections to each be expressed as architectural elements within a single form - "Board formed concrete, prefinished concrete block and a smooth faced framing members all add to the distinct language of each element."

It was also built in a massive drainage catchment area, and rules stipulate that the track must dry within 30 minutes of rainfall, necessitating an extensive underground drainage system. Also, it looks nice.

KMA is an architecture practice based in Toronto, Ontario.

Photography by Scott Norsworthy.

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