A large section of the fabric roof of the building in Greenwich, which is now known as the O2 Arena, has been pulled off by the storm, exposing the inside of the venue.
Videos and images shared on social media show six panels of the PTFE-coated glass fibre fabric roof ripped away from the building as the damage continues to spread.
Dome update – six panels shredded and counting ! pic.twitter.com/p2AVhf17Ly
— Ben Hubbard (@BJFHubbard) February 18, 2022
The 50-metre-high dome in east London is one of the city’s most recognised landmarks. Opened in 1999, it was built to house an exhibition celebrating the beginning of the new millennium called the Millennium Experience.
Effectively a giant tent, the fabric roof is supposed from 12 bright yellow towers that rise 100 metres above the structure.
It was designed by British architect Rogers, who recently passed away, and is a key example of the high-tech architecture style.
Following the Millennium Experience exhibition closing, the building was converted by architecture studio Populous into the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena.
In 2013 Rogers’ studio Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners returned to the project to create the Up at the O2 attraction. The studio collaborated with Bblur Architecture to add a fabric walkway to the outside of the dome’s roof that allows visitors to reach a viewing platform at the top.
The photography is by PA.
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