Video: ArcelorMittal Orbit: the architect's story
The 80m-tall twisted metal viewing tower-cum-sculpture officially called the ArcelorMittal Orbit, dominates the Stratford skyline. Many people know it was designed by artist Anish Kapoor and engineering legend Cecil Balmond, but few know that Ushida Findlay Architects (UFA) was appointed as the scheme’s architect, with a brief to get the structure through building control. This programme looks at how UFA melded architecture with art and how the practice worked alongside two such established figures.
- The working relationship between artist and architect
- Means of escape from an 80m-tall piece of art
- Overcoming cold bridging
- How M&E services were routed through the sculpture
- BREEAM and Building Regulations: Building Control's requirements
About the contributors
Ushida Findlay Architects (UFA) now based in London, initially worked successfully as a collaborative practice in Tokyo, Japan, gaining international recognition for original architecture such as its innovative, all-concrete Truss House project.
Kathryn Findlay is Principal Director of Ushida Findlay Architects (UFA) and design lead on the ArcelorMittal Orbit project for UFA.
John Simpson Project Architect, has been immersed in the ArcelorMittal Orbit project since Ushida Findlay Architects’ (UFA) appointment, and has been the main point of contact between the design team and Building Control.
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