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Old February 20th, 2011, 07:00 PM   #101
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Old February 21st, 2011, 10:35 PM   #102
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Old February 21st, 2011, 11:03 PM   #103
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Tower doesn't look big here, may be its becaouse of big stadium, no? or we should wait and see
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Old February 21st, 2011, 11:57 PM   #104
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All I can think of when I see this right now is the PC game 'World of Goo'...

It's uncanny - they should rename it the 'Tower of Goo' and the Olympic Park should be henceforth referred to as the 'Tower of Goo Memorial Park and Recreation Center'.

Will mean bugger all if you've never played the game, but hey ho...
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 01:14 PM   #105
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Found this video on the bbc website featuring schoolgirl weightlifter Zoe Smith standing right next to the orbit, just hope the link works.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olym...12/9398278.stm
good view of the Orbit!
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 05:13 PM   #106
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Old February 24th, 2011, 10:29 PM   #107
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Watson Steel builds Olympic sculpture

Watson Steel has begun work on the ArcelorMittal Orbit for London's Olympic Park and is expected to complete the structure towards the end of the summer. Watson Steel, part of Severfield-Rowen, is the UK market leader for structural steelwork and has already worked on the Olympic Stadium itself, as well as Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium, the Baltic Millennium Bridge at Gateshead and Heathrow Terminal 5.
The work required for the ArcelorMittal Orbit presented Watson's engineers with a fresh challenge. Watson managing director and Severfield-Rowen COO Peter Emerson said: "We are very familiar with taking a drawing board concept and turning it into a reality. It's what we do and we are the market leaders. However, in the case of the ArcelorMittal Orbit project, the degree of precision required was higher than usual. Its unique design meant that it would not be possible to make adjustments to the structure once construction commenced. We have therefore had to machine the components to their exact specifications, to enable them to fit precisely together. The asymmetric shape also requires far more frequent stage by stage analysis, to ensure full stability. I am pleased that we are equipped for this challenge."
The ArcelorMittal Orbit is designed by award-winning artist Anish Kapoor, in collaboration with Arup structural designer Cecil Balmond . It consists of a continuous looping lattice of tubular steel 115m in height. When completed, it will be 22m taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York and offer views of the entire 250-acre Olympic Park and London's skyline from a viewing platform.
Tom Haughey, CEO of Severfield-Rowen, said: "We are extremely proud to be involved in such a prestigious and iconic project. It has been a privilege to work with Anish and Cecil, and with ArcelorMittal. This structure will be a lasting legacy to London and its Olympic Games and we are delighted that we have been able to contribute."
http://www.theconstructionindex.co.u...mpic-sculpture
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Old February 24th, 2011, 10:48 PM   #108
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Old February 26th, 2011, 03:42 PM   #109
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What a hideous heap of sh!t

Modern, cutting edge and daring does not have to mean offensive...
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Old February 26th, 2011, 04:58 PM   #110
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What a hideous heap of sh!t

Modern, cutting edge and daring does not have to mean offensive...
Oh go away you moron. It's not finished yet!
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Old February 26th, 2011, 05:00 PM   #111
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London 2012: Anish Kapoor Orbit tower takes shape

Building work on Anish Kapoor's spiralling tower is continuing in London's Olympic Park.....

Video from BBC See>

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-12584721
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Old February 26th, 2011, 11:30 PM   #112
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Wow, speak about fast construction.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 12:52 AM   #113
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Oh go away you moron. It's not finished yet!
Why turn it into something personal?

The fact is... it's a load of crap
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Old March 1st, 2011, 02:25 AM   #114
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I'm sure its been said but it looks like a twisted version of the Coney Island Parachute Jump...

http://dmsa.us/main.html


...I like the London Orbit IMO
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 06:37 PM   #116
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I'm sure its been said but it looks like a twisted version of the Coney Island Parachute Jump...

http://dmsa.us/main.html


...I like the London Orbit IMO
I prefer the Coney Island Parachute Jump!
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Old March 4th, 2011, 09:28 PM   #117
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How many men does it take to build the 115-metre Orbit tower? Just these four

It already stands more than 42 metres high and is growing daily as new steel limbs arrive by the truck-load. But the ArcelorMittal Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor as an artistic centrepiece for the Olympic Park in Stratford, is being constructed by just four men.



Mark Stowers is responsible for the crane, Kirk Bibly and Andrew Canning operate the two cherry pickers and Matthew Collier supervises as the star-like nodes of steel, each about 2.5 tonnes, are manoeuvred into place. The £19 million twisting tower will be 115 metres when complete. Construction is overseen by engineer Cecil Balmond of Arup.

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standa...-these-four.do
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Old March 5th, 2011, 10:48 AM   #118
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I only just read that yesterday, but four men! It's been shooting up fast this structure, they've only been at it for a couple of months!

I'm new to this thread, I have always oved ma architecture and here it is!
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Old March 5th, 2011, 04:18 PM   #119
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London 2012 Olympics: Weaving junk metal into Olympic gold

Anish Kapoor’s spectacular sculpture – made from 900 tons of steel salvaged from old washing machines and wrecked cars – is taking shape on the site of the 2012 Games. Jacquelin Magnay puts on her hard hat.

The moment Anish Kapoor arrived at the Olympic Park site in East London on a recent visit, he knew that something was wrong.

A pile of large steel tubes was lying on the ground. When joined together, they would form the beginnings of the winding steel intestine for his towering new structure, the ArcelorMittal Orbit. But to the acclaimed sculptor’s exacting eye, the painted steel was not the right red. So out went colour number RAL 3002, in came RAL 3003.

“I wanted to get it the right shade,’’ says Kapoor, simply.

The changes didn’t stop there. The bolts intended to connect the pipes weren’t quite right either. The workers had anticipated a sheath of uniform colour and had had the bolts coloured red.

But Kapoor wanted the sculpture to reveal its construction method, so the bolts were returned to galvanised steel, matching the silver grey tone of the 1,150ft spiral staircase that will snake its way down from the top of the Orbit.

When the sculpture is finished, the London Olympic Games organisers will have the right to host parties on the viewing platform. The Orbit will then be handed over to the yet-to-be-appointed 10-year lessees as one of the city’s must-see tourist sites.


full article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/a...mpic-gold.html
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Attracting tourists is an excellent way of keeping the park active after the games.
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