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ArcelorMittal Orbit

Identification

ArcelorMittal Orbit
Orbit
Arcelor Mittal Orbit
1174894

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Structure in General

observation tower
existing [completed]
steel
exposed structure
red

Usages

observation
restaurant

Facts

  • The senior project engineer is Cecil Balmond, deputy chairman of Arup.
  • This is the largest single structure ever to have been commissioned for an Olympic games. It is also the world's largest artistic commission.
  • The structure manifests itself in the form of a giant twisted red steel lattice with a two-storey circular restaurant and observation deck.
  • The structure has been likened to a giant treble clef, a distorted trombone, an ampersand and a hubble-bubble.
  • The observation deck can be accessed by lift or via an external spiral staircase.
  • ArcelorMittal's CEO, Lakshmi Mittal personally provided £16 million of the projected £19.1 million cost with the remaining £3.1 million coming from the London Development Agency.
  • The structure incorporates 14,000 tonnes of steel.
  • The observation tower was conceived as the artistic centrepiece of the 2012 London Olympics.

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Location

E15
Olympic Park
Newham
London
England
United Kingdom

Technical Data

377.29 ft
377.29 ft
2
2010
Nov 2012

Involved Companies

Anish Kapoor
developer, financing, steel supplier, structural engineering

Features & Amenities

  • Observation floor is available