This week instead going to lecture we have to do independent visit from selected sites: Canary Wharf, Westfield Stratford and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. As I not fancy shopping centres and spaces when rules wolves of wall street I have chosen Olympic park.
I haven’t been there before, so that was interesting trip , but sadly me and my friend came too late to get on the top of Orbit.
This sporting complex situated at Stratford was built at 2012 for 2012 Summer Olympics and 2012 Paralympics. In the spacious park there are London Aquatics Centre and Olympic Stadium. The complex is overlooked by Britain’s Largest piece of public art – ArcelorMittal Orbit.
In 2012 Olimpic park was a star of the show. No comparing to Hyde park, Kensington Gardens for me it looks like urban local space with some green on it with a lot of concrete buildings , small climbing wall and two or three outdoor gym equipment. Comparing to 2012 much of the park is already unrecognisable . Concert design and modern buildings like Orbit and Aquatic centre- makes it belonging to Stratford where is Westfield and one of the biggest rail station. But it is also diverted from another London big outdoor area like Hyde Park, Kensington gardens or Victoria park. But now this much more empty space is evolution. There are plans for two new schools, 1.9 million square feet or retail and entertainment areas, 22 miles of cycle. Similarly to all east London government decided to keep area on concrete, urban focused on consumerism area in contrast to Western London.
By my trip here I did some pictures: