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Glass orb ‘Golf Ball’ to be London’s ‘next big building’


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It already boasts of a Walkie Talkie, a Cheesegrater and a Gherkin.

But a giant ‘Golf Ball’ music venue could soon become part of London’s rising skyline.

It is understood that designs have been commissioned for a glass orb to be built in an empty site next to the Olympic park in east London. 

The ‘Golf Ball’, if built, will have a spherical venue and will be able to hold up to 20,000 people, with tiered seating and a dome-shaped roof

If built the ‘Golf Ball’ will stand alongside other famous London landmarks including the the award-winning ‘Gherkin’ (left) and the ‘Walkie Talkie’ (right)

Initial plans appear to illustrate the giant sphere elevated above the ground by giant pylons, allowing pedestrians to walk beneath it.

The designs, seen by The Guardian, suggest that, if built, the spherical venue could hold up to 20,000 people, with tiered seating and a dome-shaped roof.

The building could reach 427 feet, which if constructed would be taller than St Paul’s Cathedral – standing at 365 feet high, a source told the newspaper.

It will join the City of London’s already iconic buildings, including ‘The Walkie Talkie’, ‘The Gherkin’ and ‘The Cheese Grater’.

It is understood the plans were commissioned by the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Company – which owns the New York Knicks basketball team.

According to sources, MSG has commissioned Populous, the architects behind the nearby London Stadium and Wembley.

The proposals have not yet been submitted to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the planning authority for the Olympic park area, for consent.

However, they fall under the LLDC’s policy, which advises that the car park site should be used for ‘large-scale town centre use with supporting elements.’

If constructed the @Golf Ball' could reach 427 feet, which if constructed would be taller than St Paul’s Cathedral - standing at 365 feet high

If constructed the @Golf Ball’ could reach 427 feet, which if constructed would be taller than St Paul’s Cathedral – standing at 365 feet high

The proposals have not yet been submitted to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the planning authority for the Olympic park area, for consent

The proposals have not yet been submitted to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), the planning authority for the Olympic park area, for consent

It is believed that the site could accommodate up to 1,400 new homes, according to property industry experts.

The LLDC said no plans have been submitted for the Golf Ball.

A spokesperson said: ‘We are not in formal pre-planning discussions with any party about this site. Since the termination of the previous publicised plans for a snow dome, we have received no full applications nor held any pre-app discussions.’ 

Populous and MSG would not confirm or deny their involvement in the plans. However, the blueprints seen by the Guardian reportedly bear the MSG logo.

A spokeswoman for MSG in New York said: ‘We do not comment on rumour or speculation.’

A Populous spokesman said: ‘There’s nothing for us to say.’ 



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