Designed in collaboration between Turner-Prize winning artist Sir Anish Kapoor and Arup, the ArcelorMittal Orbit was the centrepiece of the 2012 Olympics and is the largest work of public art in the UK. It was also a geometrically and technically complex project which could not have been designed without the extensive use of Rhino, Grasshopper and our own custom-developed set of software tools.

In this presentation the techniques used in the development of the design will be discussed, as well as how those techniques have since continued to be developed and applied on many other projects, including the National Stadium and Sports Hall and Athletic Stadium forming part of King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia.

Paul Jeffries

Paul Jeffries is a Structural Engineer and Software Developer who joined Arup in 2007. He specialises in computational design and complex geometry and is in charge of Arup Associates’ Parametric Design Unit, an embedded research and development unit that investigates, promotes and develops computational approaches to design problems.

Chiara Tuffanelli

Chiara Tuffanelli is a registered architect that worked in Rome and London as a designer, 3d digital modeller and project manager, collaborating with architectural and engineering studios since 2002. Interested in geometrical challenges in the building design, she has joined Arup in 2008 and is currently working in the Façade Engineering group in London.

ArcelorMittal Orbit & Parametric Design
ArcelorMittal Orbit & Parametric Design
ArcelorMittal Orbit & Parametric Design