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Old April 25th, 2011, 04:55 PM   #2221
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Olympic Site Gateway Towers Surface

Leading architecture firms Fletcher Priest and Make have teamed up to design a twin tower project to sit on one of the gateway sites between the 2012 Olympic Park and Athletes Village.

The proposals will sit on a plot opposite buildings N01 and N07 that are currently being constructed to accommodate athletes for the 2012 Olympics showing perhaps how poorly incoherent the development of the London games and the surrounding area has been - much of the architecture set to stand literally next door will still be a building site during the time of the Olympics.

Even more ironically, the principle of the towers is to mark the edge of the Olympic campus, something visitors to the games are unlikely to benefit from, despite the original plans surfacing sometime in 2008 almost four years before the games were due to start.

Consisting largely of new housing units, 448 to be precise, these are to be largely contained within the two 32-storey buildings that will sit diagonally across the site with an L-shaped block connecting the two buildings together visually and helping it align with the neighbouring buildings more formally. This section will accommodate 22 family friendly maisonettes in it of four bedrooms, a significant percentage of the total for the scheme. In addition, the project will sit above two basement levels that will host parking for 256 cars, 497 bicycles, and 54 motorbikes.

The design of the towers features a metallic look, projecting corner balconies, recessed horizontal and vertically arranged windows, and façade overruns on the tops of the towers that will provide a seemingly random pattern that perhaps appear as a mess of wires.

The towers will rise to an approximate height of 115 metres AOD, which should translate into a rough height above ground level of 102.5 metres making them the joint second tallest buildings within Stratford City, and helping to insure that the SOM design for Plot N24 a little over 200 metres to the immediate east will not stand entirely lonely, at least one day.


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Old April 25th, 2011, 05:49 PM   #2222
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The Velodrome.

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Old April 25th, 2011, 06:01 PM   #2223
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satellite view of progress in the Olympic Park, with videos and more pictures of what will be the headquarters of the London 2012 Olympic Games http://www.satelliteview.org/satelli...rk-London-2012
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Old April 25th, 2011, 06:54 PM   #2224
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Old April 25th, 2011, 11:38 PM   #2225
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London 2012: top tips for last minute ticket buyers

There are 6.6 million tickets available for sale across 645 session, so there are plenty of tickets to go around. But the opening and closing ceremonies, the athletics finals plus any event in a small venue -- especially the track cycling, the diving, and, curiously the weight lifting -- are all expected to be considerably oversubscribed.

The best chance of securing a ticket is for a ball sport, especially football, which is expected to be very unpopular, basketball and handball, as well as the cheaper morning sessions at the athletics. The potentially expensive option is to book for far more tickets than you actually want; if you receive too many you can resell them later at face value.

The downside is that the Olympics organisers will take the money in May or June this year, and you will only be able to resell them through its official website, which won't be operational until sometime next year. The Olympics organisers have not said whether there will be a fee for this service.

The most expensive option, but the most guaranteed, is to buy through Thomas Cook as part of a hotel-and-Olympics-ticket package. You will have to pay for the accomodation as well as, in most cases, a minimum of two events.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 01:00 AM   #2226
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Old April 26th, 2011, 01:22 AM   #2227
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satellite view of progress in the Olympic Park, with videos and more pictures of what will be the headquarters of the London 2012 Olympic Games http://www.satelliteview.org/satelli...rk-London-2012
Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing the link with us.

Are there any new hotels being built around the Olympic Park for tourists?
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satellite view of progress in the Olympic Park, with videos and more pictures of what will be the headquarters of the London 2012 Olympic Games http://www.satelliteview.org/satelli...rk-London-2012
all the photos of the orbit on that site are taken by me
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ferge, it's okay, I won't post more in this thread.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 08:48 PM   #2230
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The top op those buildings looks like a small "" to the birdsnest, the last olympic stadium.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 09:28 PM   #2231
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ferge, it's okay, I won't post more in this thread.
He wasn't speaking for all of us Porto .
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Old April 26th, 2011, 10:59 PM   #2232
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He definitely wasn't speaking for me. I have no idea what ferge's real issue is, or why he imagines that your frequent posting somehow prevents other forumers from doing so, but please ignore him and continue.
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Old April 27th, 2011, 12:58 AM   #2233
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Keep on posting Porto Nuts!

Btw, 1hrs 2min to go! for tickets!
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ferge, it's okay, I won't post more in this thread.
I'm sorry Ferge but you don't speak for me either!

Keep posting PortoNuts!
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Old April 30th, 2011, 09:50 PM   #2235
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Come on PortoNuts, this forum has stalled since you stopped posting.

I wanna see more of whats going on...
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Old May 1st, 2011, 01:44 PM   #2237
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portonuts keep posting dude. ferge that is a silly thing to say. porto is posting stuff from the uk forum to this keep the international forumers up to date which anything from our country being promoted on here is a good thing and we should take a bit of pride in that. and if people post anything else beside porto they will nothing is stopping them. this problem is only confined to you ferge.
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I don't bother with the UK forum as Porto is the Nuts - come back please
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Old May 2nd, 2011, 01:25 PM   #2239
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£2m ‘RUN’ sculpture to go up outside Olympic handball arena in Hackney Wick

A new two million pound sculpture will go up outside the Olympic handball arena in Hackney Wick. Three nine metre-tall letters forming the word ‘RUN’ will be constructed on the plaza of the handball arena in the north of the Olympic Park later this year.

The permanent artwork, by Monica Bonvicini, will be made of glass and stainless steel, producing a mirror affect during the day.

At night the letters will become more transparent and glow with internal LED lighting.Planning permission has already been granted and construction will begin in the autumn.

The project’s budget is £2.1 million and it will be funded mostly by the London Development Authority and the Greater London Authority with a smaller contribution from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Sarah Weir, head of art and cultural strategy at the ODA, said: “We wanted to commission a new and innovative piece of public art that would animate the plaza and be fitting for both the Games and the legacy of the park.

“A number of renowned artists were shortlisted for this commission but Monica’s proposal was chosen by an independent and expert panel because it fulfilled all the ambitions for this key location within the Olympic Park. The sculpture is unique and ambitious but will be relevant and fitting - we hope it will help illuminate this part of the Olympic Park for many years to come.”

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “This ambitious programme and the calibre of art reflects the remarkable creativity of our city and particularly east London today.”

Bonvicini’s artwork, ‘She Lies’ was installed last year in Oslo‘s harbour as a permanent work that floats opposite Norway‘s national Opera House.
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"a mirror affect"

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