Thursday, 6 August 2009

The Gherkin - Eye catching architecture

30 St Mary axe also known as the gherkin and the Swiss re London building is a skyscraper located in London’s main financial district. Opened in April 2004 it stands proudly at 591ft with 40 floors. Its construction was said to symbolise the start of a new high rise construction boom in London.

As a Frequent visitor to London I find the gherkin always catches my eye its an example of how far architecture has come in recent years, its eye catching, different and gives of a huge sense of power. Designed by Lord Foster and partners its not only a popular example of modern architecture but also uses the latest energy saving methods which allows it to use half the power that a similar tower would typically consume, its sustainable credentials are impressive to say the least.At the top of the tower is a impressive bar and restaurant which is the highest in London and has a 360° view of the city.

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