Completed: 2012, currently closed, reopens July 2013.
Design: EDAW Consortium (EDAW + Buro Happold)
Engineers: Arup, WS Atkins
The London Olympic Park contains venues such as the Olympic Village, Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome and the Copper Box. It will be renamed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and is part of the transformation in the post-Olympics phase in order to further regeneration in that area. It will reopen in July 2013, and will be Europe’s largest urban park. It will contain wetland habitats and native species to promote local ecology. Furthermore, a new university will be injected to make use of the abundant sporting and communication facilities.
Architect: Ushida Finlay Architects
Designers: Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond of Arup group
Developer: ArcelorMittal and Londond Development Agency
Commissioned for the London 2012 Olypics as a sculptural tower offering views of the entire Olympics venue. It is 115 metres high (377 feet) and was designed by Aneesh Kapoor and Cecil Balmond of the Arup engineering group. It is essentially comprised of a central core spire that is wrapped with seemingly-arbitrary latticed truss system painted bright red. It serves as a juxtaposition between stability and instability, and to provide an iconic monument dedicated to the Olympics event.
Address: Drawdock Road, North Greenwich, London
Closest Tube Station: North Greenwich Station on Jubilee Line
Following the temporary exhibiton and unsuccessful reception of the Millenium Dome, the O2 arena was commissioned to address the London public’s criticism of government spending on these cultural projects. Its construction was severely limited by the 52 metre maximum clearance height below the existing canpoy, thus disallowing the use of cranes during the construction process. Consequently, the roof was completely assembled under the canopy at ground then lifted.
The O2 Arena was conceived as a performance arena and was highly successful. It sold 1.2 million tickets in 2007, making it the third most popular venue in the world for concerts and family performances. By 2008, it sold over 2 million tickets a year thus making it the busiest performance venue in the world.