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Old July 5th, 2011, 08:14 PM   #261
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Very confusing structure... Maybe it is ahead of its time (definitely ahead of my time)!
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Old July 5th, 2011, 10:40 PM   #263
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Old July 5th, 2011, 11:36 PM   #264
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Old July 6th, 2011, 01:46 AM   #265
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A case of spot the difference & a preview of my model of the current state of London Orbit (top Right)

http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehou...f88291d2e1580c

Hopefully the latest model will be included in Google Earth's 3D Buildings Layer in the next week or so.....

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Old July 6th, 2011, 03:07 PM   #266
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SA steel integrated into iconic London Olympic tower

The iconic £21.7-million Orbit tower, which is being built alongside London's 2012 Olympic stadium, will include steel produced in South Africa, the ArcelorMittal group confirmed on Thursday.

The 114.5-m-tall steel structure is being funded primarily by the steelmaker, which is contributing some £19-million, with the London Development Agency funding the balance.

Chairperson and CEO Lakshmi Mittal said the Orbit, an artistic collaboration between Indian-born sculptor Anish Kapoor and renowned designer Cecil Balmond, will draw in material from the Luxembourg-domiciled group's operations worldwide.

Besides South African steel, the 1 500 t structure would include steel from Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, as well as North and South America. Addressing media in Luxembourg, group management board member Michel Wurth said the company's participation as the official steel supplier to the Olympics formed part of its aspiration to reposition the material as a twenty-first-century product.

He noted that ArcelorMittal had expressly reversed the current global recycled-to-virgin steel ratio deployed in the project, with 60% of the material arising from its less energy- and resource-intensive scrap-using mills. Head of brand worldwide Ian Louden said the structure had already reached 70 m in height and would officially be handed over as a "gift" to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) in March next year.

The OPLC was in the process of evaluating bids from potential operators, which would run the attraction during the games and into the future.

The Orbit tower formed part of various urban renewable ventures being pursued by the OPLC for the east part of London and was viewed as having the potential to sustain interest in an area that had hitherto not been perceived as a tourist destination. It is estimated that Orbit could attract up to one-million yearly visitations to what will be called the the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit, which could accomodate 5 000 visitors a day, will open in May 2012 and during the 2012 Games it will be a ticketed visitor attraction. In November 2012, it will be closed for adaptation as a more permanent feature, which will reopen in May 2013.

It will also be one of a number of visitor attractions owned by the OPLC in the park, which includes the Olympic stadium and aquatics centre and is surrounded by Westfield Stratford City. The structure will include two observation floors, one at 80 m to include exhibitions, the other at 76 m a flexible space for functions and special events. The observation floors will contain a café area and there will be a gift shop on the ground level.
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Old July 6th, 2011, 04:16 PM   #267
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Old July 7th, 2011, 03:54 PM   #268
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ArcelorMittal Orbit to be handed over in March next year

A tower taller than the Statue of Liberty of New York , being built by steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal's ArcelorMittal for the London Olympics , will be handed over to the authorities by March, 2012, well ahead of the Games.

The 114.5-metre ArcelorMittal Orbit, being constructed at a cost of 22.7 million pounds (about Rs 161 crore), will give an unparalleled view of the entire Olympic Park and London's skyline from two viewing platforms.

Just as the Olympic games is a truly global event that draws athletes from every corner of the world, the company wants to ensure that the ArcelorMittal Orbit embraces this crucial element of the Olympic spirit, an ArcelorMittal official said. "The Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 27, 2012, while our artistic sculpture will be ready by February. We intend to hand it over to the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) in March as our gift to London," said Ian Louden, ArcelorMittal's Head of Brand, Worldwide.

Designed by noted artist Anish Kapoor and leading structural designer Cecil Balmond, the steel tower challenges the traditional concept of a tall structure, as the sculpture appears to change as your eyes move around it.

The Orbit looks to loop into the sky, but it actually crosses back on itself and touches the ground from three sides, making it a stable sculpture. "The Orbit is being made with continuous looping lattice of tubular steel and is being produced using star-shaped nodes... building the structure is an architectural challenge," said Balmond, who is one of the brains behind the giant sculpture.

Construction of the Orbit will use about 2,200 tonnes of steel produced from all the plants of ArcelorMittal across the world.

Louden added that an about 72-metre high structure has already been built and the physical structure of Orbit will be completed by early September, while works on air-conditioning, lift, stairs, etc, will be completed by February.

The largest steel producer in the world is the primary funder for the giant structure, contributing about 19.6 million pounds, while the London Development Agency is funding the balance 3.1 million pounds. The artistic sculpture is expected to generate revenues worth 10 million pounds every year and the OPLC is looking for companies to operate the Orbit during the Games and beyond.

ArcelorMittal Group Management Board Member Michel Wurth said in Luxembourg that the Orbit, made of the company's steel, would also "reposition the material as a twenty-first century product" and is being constructed with a mix of 60 per cent material recycled from scrap.
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People gave the same criticism like you when Eiffel Tower was built but now everyone's opinions changed
On the other hand guy's tower was ugly when it was built and everyone still hates it 30 years later
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Old July 7th, 2011, 06:55 PM   #270
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Anish Kapoor's 'Orbit' to be tallest sculpture in Britain

Anish Kapoor's 'ArcelorMittal Orbit' will be quite the display of public art. The 115-meter looping tower will be the tallest sculpture in all of Britain. Somewhat resembling a roller-coaster, the twisting and looping tower will give the public climbing access to see views of London.

The title ArcelorMittal Orbit comes from Lakshmi Mittal who is funding the project. Mittal is a billionaire who made his fortune in steel, and is amongst the richest men in Europe.

Kapoor is collaborating on the project with friend and world leading structural engineer, Cecil Balmond. The structure will use 1,400 tons of steel and is estimated to cost £19.1m, with £16.1m coming from Mittal. The remaining funds are being provided by the London Development Agency.

The famed artist, known for his larger-than-life sculptures, has referenced the Tower of Bable as an inspirational piece, stating: "There is a kind of medieval sense to it of reaching up to the sky, building the impossible. A procession, if you like. It's a long winding spiral: a folly that aspires to go even above the clouds and has something mythic about it."

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a preview of my model of the current state of London Orbit

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Old July 14th, 2011, 11:01 AM   #273
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At least its not painful to look at anymore. I will give you guys that one.
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Old July 16th, 2011, 12:56 AM   #275
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114 metres :facepalm:

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Old July 17th, 2011, 06:43 PM   #277
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Old July 18th, 2011, 01:20 AM   #278
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Some showing off to be honest. Here's a pic & link of my latest version of this tower based on the pics posted in this forum. Cheers!

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i think this project is going to surprise alot of people, its going to be a real nice example of progressive architecture.
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