The Water Labyrinth, Olympic Park South

“The Water Labyrinth” in the South Plaza is a winding ribbon of 195 fountains. Choreographed water jets spring from the paving, daring children to dash through.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the site of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, has been transformed into an urban parkland – one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The South Plaza is designed by James Corner of Field Operations. Its focal point is “The Water Labyrinth”.

The design of the water feature mirrors the form of the landscape, which is planted in gently undulating ribbons. 195 jets burst from the paving from a hidden water source below. The fountains are choreographed in different sequences and heights, tempting children to race through without getting wet – the adults preferring to sit back and watch the fun.


Project Facts

  • Location: Stratford, London
  • Client: London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Services: Design, build, management
  • Features: Animated water jets, remote web-based control system
  • Partners: James Corner Field Operations, Willerby Landscapes, Skanska, BAM