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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