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London set to have world’s tallest and longest slide

Transparent sections will provide thrill-seekers with a view of the Olympic Park and East London.

August 04, 2015 |
London, Anish Kapoor, Cecil Balmond, ArcelorMittal Orbit

A 591-foot tube will connect the observation deck on top of the 376-foot sculpture to the ground. Rendering courtesy London Legacy Development Corporation

The city of London recently approved a proposal to add a slide to the Anish Kapoor- and Cecil Balmond-designed ArcelorMittal Orbit.

With a 591-foot tube connecting the observation deck on top of the 376-foot sculpture to the ground, it is poised to be the world’s tallest and longest slide.

The project is based on the vision of the London Legacy Development Corporation, My Modern Met reports, in the hopes of creating a new tourist attraction for the city.

Bblur Architecture and Buro Happold Engineering have been called on board to execute the plan, which is slated for completion in spring 2016.

Stainless steel will be the primary material of the slide, and transparent sections will allow visitors to view the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and East London.

A single ride would cost $8 and last for 37 seconds, at 15 miles an hour.


Photo courtesy of cmglee/Wikimedia Commons

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