type Model //year 2004 // designed by Enric Miralles // location Spain // status completed 2009 // photography Kristjan Donaldson // professor Charles Mann // school University of Western Australia // materials Plywood, Acrylic, Aluminium, MDF, Copper

One of two archery facilities constructed for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, the Training Facility at Valle d'Hebron, Barcelona addresses the peculiar typology of building as retaining wall. It burrows into the site leaving essentially one facade. It defines, clears and levels the archers’ working area on the gently sloping site. Like a fully stretched bowstring, poised before the moment of recoil, both the bare structural expression of the building and the tension with which it seems the be held invert its apparent function as retaining wall: everywhere the ground seems to prevent the building from flying away.