Wednesday, April 05, 2006

G is for The Gherkin (aka "City of London Architecture Part Deux")

A city as old as London will never be able to boast a skyline of the magnificence or magnitude of cities like New York, Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong, but we do have one or two gems.

30 St Mary Axe sounds like a pretty humdrum address, but therein lurks the Swiss Re building, affectionately known in the City as The Gherkin.

You can wander around the City and not be aware of its presence, then suddenly you will turn a corner and there it is

As you approach it its presence begins to dominate the skyline

Up close and personal you can appreciate the marvellous feat of engineering that enabled a glass rocket ship to be built in the heart of the City

The Gherkin may not be the tallest building in the City, but it's certainly one of the most controversial

Those who live and work in the City do seem in the main to be tremendously fond, and proud, of it, but there are many (including my next door neighbour who's a retired architect) who think it's a travesty.

Me? I love it.


Blogger Bezzie said...

Beautiful! And it actually looks like a pickle!

12:03 pm  
Blogger sgeddes said...

Love the building! If I ever get a chance to visit London, I'll be sure to look it up!

4:04 am  
Blogger Sarah said...

I like the Gherkin too! But I do imagine that there is plenty of controversy over it in London!

4:14 pm  

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