Body Zone

London, 2000

With blanket coverage throughout 2000, the giant body became the most tangible sign of success for the Millennium Dome. But for Nigel Coates is was the ultimate exercise in building a large organic structure. It was realised in a design process that crossed model-making with computer work. The first 3D model was made by slicing a prototype of Coates’ original experiment sculpted in clay. When the Dome opened, the Body Zone was clogged with queues within a matter of days, despite a capacity throughput of 5000 people per hour.

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