In Pictures: The Orbit Tower In The Olympic Park

Dean Nicholas
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In Pictures: The Orbit Tower In The Olympic Park
The Orbit and the Aquatics centre. The Shard can be seen to the left. Photo / Dean
The Orbit and the Aquatics centre. The Shard can be seen to the left. Photo / Dean
Photo / Dean
Photo / Dean
Photo / Andy Wilkes
Photo / Andy Wilkes
L-R: Olympic Stadium, the Orbit, Aquatics Centre. Photo / Dean.
L-R: Olympic Stadium, the Orbit, Aquatics Centre. Photo / Dean.
The Orbit and the Stadium. Photo / Andy Wilkes
The Orbit and the Stadium. Photo / Andy Wilkes
Pieces ready to be craned into place. Photo / Andy Wilkes
Pieces ready to be craned into place. Photo / Andy Wilkes
Photo / O.F.E. (taken September 15th 2011)
Photo / O.F.E. (taken September 15th 2011)
Photo / Andy Wilkes
Photo / Andy Wilkes
Photo / Andy Wilkes
Photo / Andy Wilkes
Photo / Dean
Photo / Dean
The (zoomed in) view from Greenwich Park. Photo / Surreydweller.
The (zoomed in) view from Greenwich Park. Photo / Surreydweller.
Photo / Dean
Photo / Dean

On Friday,the ArcelorMilttal Orbit tower, the swooping red observation tower nestled between the main stadium and the Aquatics Centre, reached its full 114.5-metre height. Click through the gallery above to see how it looks.

The BBC has an interview with one of the architects who worked on the tower.

The structure won't be finished until next year, but for now we can get a pretty good idea of how it looks on the east London skyline. It's been one of the more controversial elements of the Olympic park, but now that it's approaching completion, what do you think of it? Let us know.

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Last Updated 29 October 2011

SallyB2

I love it. It's the one fun thing about the Olympic Park that makes me feel I want to visit it...

David Cantrell

It's an ugly waste of money, just like the rest of the olympics

Pureedfruit

Agree

jamesup

I love the 80% of it Lakmir Mital paid for, much less keen on the bit Londoners are funding.

Dean Nicholas

In Building Design, Olly Wainwright has done a wonderful demolition (not literally) of the tower's scatalogical leanings: http://www.bdonline.co.uk/buil...

luvinlife

I hate to be critical but I went past it today and I thought it looked so, so ugly - for me, so much of the design for the Olympics has been disappointing.

Fingers

Ugliest thing I've ever scene. Offends my eyes to the point of almost having an accident on the A12....