Wheee! A celebration of the obvious

Sometimes architects come up with an idea that is so original it changes the way you think. And sometimes they come up with something that is so obvious that it is, frankly, brilliant. So hats off to Bblur architecture (just how do you pronounce that?) for proposing a helter skelter alongside the Orbit which everybody has already known looks like… a helter skelter.

Sometimes architects come up with an idea that is so original it changes the way you think. And sometimes they come up with something that is so obvious that it is, frankly, brilliant. So hats off to Bblur architecture (just how do you pronounce that?) for proposing a helter skelter alongside the Orbit which everybody has always known looks like… a helter skelter. 

And this is not just a proposal, but a scheme, designed with engineer Buro Happold, that is set to go ahead at a cost of £1 million. The reason of course is to up the visitor numbers. The Orbit may be an art project, conceived by Anish Kapoor, and it is certainly one of a kind. But it is not the only tall viewpoint in town. We have the London Eye, we have the Sky Garden at the Walkie Talkie and we have the Shard. All of which offer more enticing views. But a building as fairground attraction? That does sound like fun. Perhaps we could have a second tube that snakes into the Aquatic Centre and acts as a water slide? But no, that is a building with a function and that is providing increasing levels of enjoyment already. As will the new, whizzy Orbit. Architectural criticism can be verbose and obscurantist, but there is really only one word to describe this latest proposal. Wheeeeeee!!!

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