ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower – Olympic Park, London

ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower – Olympic Park, London


Case Study Description

The ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower is Britain’s largest public artwork standing at 115m high. The tower is situated between the Athletics Stadium and the Aquatic Centre at London’s 2012 Olympic Park, which allowed visitors to view the Olympic Park and London skyline from two observation platforms.

Designed by sculptor Anish Kapoor and architect-engineer-designer Cecil Balmond, it was largely funded by Lakshmi Mittal.

Clark Door were tasked with providing a bespoke insulated acoustic door (41dB) to the observation platform at 90m off the ground. This specialist door was designed not only to be incorporated into the external wall cladding system but to be aesthetically pleasing with the surroundings of the viewing platform.

The main challenges the Clark design team had to overcome were:

  • The cranked door frame head and subsequent acoustic seal arrangement, this was required to follow the curvature of the platform’s design. .
  • The 3.5m wide x 3m high door set was manufactured in small sections to be safely built up on site due to the restricted lift size.
  • The door panels were designed with capability to add external rain screens, for the doors to blend into the external elevation.

Clark Door Limited are proud to provide specialist door solutions for international projects, working with our partners to provide high specification, cost effective solutions with acoustic doors up to Rw 60dB and 2 hour fire ratings for international projects.