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Helter Skelter Orbit: Olympic Park Slide
Helter Skelter in East London, England, UK – design by Bblur Architecture, architects
4 Mar 2016
Orbit Helter Skelter in Olympic Park
Design: Bblur Architecture
Slide around ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The London architecture studio designed the 178-metre-long slide to loop around the sculpture and observation tower in the London 2012 Olympic park.
The slide will drop from a 76-m-tall viewpoint within the sculpture, with visitors reaching speeds of up to 15 mph on their 40-second descent to the ground.
At 114.5 m tall, the sculpture by artists Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is the tallest in the UK.
Planning permission was granted to the park’s Legacy Corporation yesterday, which said it will be the “world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide” on its completion in spring 2016.
The corporation plans to charge £5 per slide, a fraction of the £85 it costs to abseil from the summit of the structure.
“We are delighted to announce that planning permission has been granted to build the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide from the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit,” said the park’s Legacy Corporation in a statement today.
The tunnel slide will have an opaque red base but a transparent top that will give visitors views over London on their snaking journey through the latticework of the sculpture.
Bblur Architecture projects include a Gibraltar Airport New Terminal Building with 3DReid and Slough Bus Station Building. Bblur Architecture also worked with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners on a bridge that spans the roof of the O2 Arena.
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ArcelorMittal Orbit Visitor Centre
The Podium Building at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
The Podium in the former Olympic Park – 7 Apr 2014
The new visitor centre for the south part of the park and ArcelorMittal Orbit visitor attraction, includes ticketing and retail space, and flexible events space with a roof terrace providing panoramic views over the park.
The opening of the hub building over the weekend means the award-winning architectural practice is the only architect to date to have delivered an Olympic venue – the Copper Box Arena – as well as a legacy venue.
Address: ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton St, London E20 2ST
Phone: 0333 800 8099
Location:ArcelorMittal Orbit, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 3 Thornton St, London E20 2ST
The Olympic Park Energy Centre
London Energy Centre image from Olympic Delivery Authority
Slides with transparent tops have also recently been installed on the side of London’s Hayward Gallery, as part of an exhibition of work by artist Carsten Höller.
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