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Approval Granted For Giant Sofa & Telly For Olympics

BY Boon Koh
Published 27 November 2011

Fancy watching the London Olympics next year on a big flat screen telly, lounging on a big comfy sofa? Now you can, and next to the Olympic stadium too! Outline Planning Prmission has been granted for a huge gigantic outdoor sofa and TV next to the Olympic village on Forman’s Fish Island.

The giant sofa and TV screen for the Olympics was devised by Lance Forman, a former accountant and owner of a smoked salmon factory which relocated to Fish Island following the decision to construct the Olympic Park on its former premises.

The area is envisioned to be an “experiential, hospitality and entertainment” venue with a press and media centre and TV studios above.”

The venue, which will open from 8am to 2am the following morning from April to September 2012, will take the form of a giant living room. The planned screen is 30 meters by 17 meters, about four storeys high – equivalent to an 8,700 inch TV!

The sofa itself will actually become a building, and will have over 70,000 square feet of space inside it spread over 4 floors. The area that the TV sits on could become a nightclub in the evening for 1,000 people.

It will be interesting to see which of the corporate sponsors trying to get involved with the London Olympics 2012 will be involved with this venue, and also whether the architects of this area will be able to get support from Stratford locals living nearby.

But it looks to be one of the coolest – and most bizarre – temporary Olympic structures to be built for the Games next year!