Tulip shaped building to be added to London skyline
London is a city known for its large and unusual buildings, boasting landmarks such as The Shard, Gherkin and the controversial Walkie Talkie. Foster + Partners, who designed the Gherkin have announced that a new Tulip shaped building has been put forward for approval to London City Council.
Looking to capitalise on the London’s large number of tourists, the new building will utilise transparent pods running outside the building for visitors to take in the views. Along with being a tourist attraction, the building will also offer 20,000 free visits for state school children.
The 590ft (180m) tower is officially known as 30 St Mary Axe, its street address, but we can expect it to have a name based on its design in the future. Its design has been chosen to complement the Gherkin, which will be its closest major neighbour.
Bury Street Properties is the main backer of the project, with executive Jacob J Safra stating: "The Tulip's elegance and soft strength complements the iconic Gherkin."
If planning is approved then construction is expected to start towards the end of 2020, with plans to open to the public early 2025.
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