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Swiss-Re HQ

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Foster & Partners
location London
function office, retail
contributed by Marieke_Mannens

30 St Mary Axe (for obvious reasons also called The Gherkin) is a landmark 40-storey office building in the heart of London's financial centre, developed by Swiss Re and designed by architects Foster and Partners. The tower has a circular plan that widens as it rises from the ground and then tapers towards its apex which makes it appear less bulky than a rectilinear building of equivalent floor area. 30 St Mary Axe is London's first environmentally sustainable tall building. Among the building's most distinctive features are its windows, which open to allow natural ventilation to supplement the mechanical systems for a good part of the year. Whenever possible, recycled and recyclable materials have been specified throughout the building and innovative ways of reducing energy consumption have been implemented.

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Swiss-Re HQ
St Mary Axe 30
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours Only the retail space located at ground level, opening onto the landscaped plaza, will be open to the public. The stunning Bar and Restaurant at the top of 30 St Mary Axe affords some of the best views in London. Whilst normally reserved for tenants of the building and their guests, the top floors also provide a number of entertaining opportunities for external guests.
How to get there? Walk 5 minutes from underground station Liverpoolstreet, or Bank.
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Completion 5- 2004
Floor area/size 76500 m2
Cost € 200000000,-
ArchitectFoster & Partners
structural engineerArup
Client Swiss Re
Project ID 393
Latitude/Longitude 51°30'51N 00°04'52W
Contributed by Marieke_Mannens
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