London’s Pleasure Gardens will be created on the derelict 60,000sqm site of Pontoon Dock. It will be an arts and entertainment destination that echoes the capital’s 18th and 19th century pleasure gardens, which celebrated culture, debate and socialising.
Organisers Deborah Armstrong, Robin Collings and Garfield Hackett are behind the designs. They have created arts projects such as Liverpool Biennale and Shangri-La at Glastonbury festival.
During the Olympic and Paralympic Games, 40,000 people a day will pass through the site after leaving events at Excel.
The gardens will feature a 36,000sqm outdoor event space, a multi-arts dome venue, a night gallery and dance arena called The Hub, a floating cocktail lounge and floating cinema, a boutique art hotel and restaurant and a glass café. Video mapping and large video game projections will provide entertainment during the games.
As previously reported in Event, five shortlisted designs for pleasure gardens that will be inside the Olympic Park after the Games were revealed in November.
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