James Corner Field Operations
Exec. Lighting Designer
Michael Grubb Studio
Mark Major, Philip Rose, Hiroto Toyoda
The centrepiece of our approach is the unique catenary system for the Promenade - the main navigation route that stretches from Orbit Plaza, home to the ArcelorMittal Orbit, through to Carpenters Lock. For us, the effect is reminiscent of light filtering through a forest canopy, and has an engaging and playful character, animating people with light and dark as they stroll along the pathway.
We lit routes, hubs, and open spaces for safety and sense of security, adding highlights to fun elements such as swing seats and abacus ladders, improving legibility, and assisting wayfinding. Where possible, we designed in the re-use of lighting elements from Games time, knitting these seamlessly into the park infrastructure.
Our solution was fully detailed to ‘Employer’s Requirements’ stage. Following the tender process, appointed contractor SKANSKA selected Michael Grubb Studio as the lighting designers that delivered the scheme.