Olympic Park - South Plaza

Lighting Sphere Cable System

Project Outline

The South Plaza is a 10 hectare site located between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, re-landscaped after the Games by James Corner Field Operations (responsible for the successes of the New York Skyline landscaping project).

 

Base were tasked with installing a steel cable system to suspend 86 perforated steel lighting globes inherited from the Olympic Games. Running the length of a tree lined boulevard the cables will eventually be virtually invisible within the tree canopies as they grow over the coming years, creating the illusion that the globes are floating above the walkway.

 

Olympic Park - South Plaza

Our Solution

Two pairs of tensioned steel cables are used to suspend each globe, connected to steel masts carefully positioned between the trees in such a way that they blend into the landscaping. The effects at night are certainly dramatic when the glowing orbs highlight the route for pedestrians.

 

Results

Originally used as a thoroughfare for spectators on their way to the Olympic Stadium, the South Plaza now boasts illuminated tree lined boulevards, play parks, a small performance amphitheatre and benches aplenty.

steel cable system
tensioned steel cables

Project Summary

Client
The Olympic Delivery Authority
Location
Olympic Park London
Date
2014
Architect
James Corner Field Operations
Contractor
SH Structures ltd
Fabric
Stainless Steel Mesh
Product
Art Installations
Services
Design
Design
Project Management
Project Management
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
Installation
Installation
Maintenance
Maintenance