30 St Mary Axe and The Gherkin
Each floor rotates 5 degrees from the last but the spiralling atriums were not fully realised. They stop every six floors for fire safety reasons.
* The advantages of the shape are numerous - at the bottom it tapers in creating more ground space and allowing a new public plaza to build whilst circular towers also create less downdrafts. Tapering at the top into the crown reduces wind resistance further.
* The lifts can carry a maximum of 378 people at any one time reaching speeds of 6 metres a second.
* The building contains the highest dining space in London at 163 metres. The entire top floors are occupied by the company restaurant for Swiss Re.
* The building weighs 70,000 tonnes, contains 333 piles in the foundations, 35 kilometres of structural steel at 11,000 tonnes, and 24,000 square metres of glass cladding.
* The building is the winner of the 2005 RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture and has become an instant hit with the public appearing prominently in Olympic 2012 promotions.
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stego (24132) 2007-06-20 18:41
An impressive building, which is rather inviting to explore graphically, something that you did wonderfully, producing a very catchy image.
The only thing that is slightly annoying is that burnt out part reflecting the sun, but that must be nearly impossible to avoid. I tried a WS and I had no success at all, but while I was playing with layer mixing, I got something that pleased me much, so I posted it.
MLINES (12516) 2007-06-20 21:31
Hi Figen. Good photo and especially interesting notes about this unusual shaped building. Good work. Murray.
giorgimer (34941) 2007-06-21 3:50
Very nice shot, I like the way you oriented the camera, nice sharpness and B/W choice
rossy85 (2879) 2007-06-21 6:08
Amazing picture of this wonderful architecture.
Great POV and choice of black and white.
psychache (1843) 2007-06-21 7:35
Yine mimari detay :)Çok ilginç bir yapı. İşiniz sanırım bu :) Paylaşım için teşekkürler
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-06-22 13:28
Amazing tones in this beautiful framing of this original building.
I like a lot the use of the diagonal and the tight frmaing.
salvator (19110) 2007-06-23 4:04
Merhaba Figen Hn,
Hakikaten enteresan ve grafik ogeleri guzel olan bir bina. Bakis aciniz, gokyuzunu kullanmaniz ve bulutlu gokyuzu, detaylar cok guzel. Elinize saglik.
I wish you an excellent weekend. Best personal regards.
pablominto (53746) 2007-06-23 4:10
An interesting graphical creation!
Well done on framing, dynamic appearance and sharp fine details!
xavshot (69835) 2007-06-23 15:10
le graphisme de cette photo est superbe et est accentué par ton POV en diagonal et ton traitement. Une belle photo. Bravo.
muratcaloglu (2) 2007-06-25 9:43
Merhaba Figen hanım,
Mimari eserlerin farklı bakış açısı ile çekilen fotoğrafları bana çok estetik gelmekte,
paylaşımınız için teşekkürler,
batalay (38591) 2007-06-25 22:02
This is a fabulous shot of the building with a helical spirals climbing clockwise and counterclockwise, in the manner of the pinecone. I believe, the slopes of the spirals in the two directions are exactly the same, which means there are just as many in one direction, as in the other. In nature, this occurs (again, the example is the pinecone, or phlexotaxis in plants), and the numbers will always be 13 in one direction, 8 in the other. These are pairs of terms in the Fibonacci series, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, ...
You've presente a photo of this remarkable place before, and I remember well its view from the adjoining building.
Warm regards, (selam ve saygilar)
kevinos (7517) 2007-06-26 11:25
An amazing building and an amazing photograph, Figen.The black and white brings out the endless variety of greys as the light strikes the building. The tilt is perfect. It makes it look alive, dynamic, which, of course, as a building, it is. regards Kevin
Fis2 (96065) 2007-06-27 8:21
Very interesting architecture. Curious composition and frame. I like the light and colrs.
papagolf21 (99726) 2007-06-27 16:57
Bonsoir, chère Figen,
J'aime votre façon de photographier, elle se démarque des sentiers battus. Vous savez mettre en avant ce qu'il faut remarquer, et apprécier cette architecture contemporaine. L'ensemble donne l'impression d'une sculpture.
Idée très originale parfaitement conçue.
bostankorkulugu (42416) 2007-06-28 4:00
işte bu renk maviden çok daha hoş :)))... bina zaten müthiş, bu tilted compo da gayet bbaşarılı, tebrikler figen hanım...
rafid76 (0) 2007-06-28 4:58
great note, i never knew that. good tilt it expresses the building more. i would chosen a BW since the sepai signifies the olden times and this is a modren marvel but its still good
adores (45029) 2007-07-03 16:31
A very good perspective of this amazing building.Seems to be a great work of architecture. I like the effect created by the reflections.
sufi (9588) 2007-07-04 1:21
Merhaba Figen Hanim...
Cok yaratici ve etkileyici bir bakis acisi secmissiniz... Diagonal dikey kadraj enfes... IsIk ve bina yüzeyindeki yansimalar ise harika... Her ne kadar fotografin renkli oldugunu belirtmisseniz de bana tonlar S&B'mis gibi geldi ve cok begendim... Netlik ve keskinlik de cok basarili... Ayrica yandaki ilginc bilgiler icin de tesekkürler...
danos (96766) 2007-07-05 4:05
I had not seen never this impressive and simultaneously modern architectural manufacture.it looks like a rocket ready launch in the space.The reflected glass that it's 'dressed' i think that will 'catch' the heat od the sun and will need a lot of energy in order to cold especially in summer.Nice composition.Well done.
cuneyt-sb (6576) 2007-07-23 23:29
cok guzel bir geometriyi nefis sunmussunuz,
Renkler ve bakis acisi cok guzel
abulafia (4900) 2007-07-26 3:31
Nice cropped view of this interesting structure.
I like the use of B+W, which seem to suit this building nicely.
Silke (3027) 2007-07-27 7:22
Your gallery has some fabulous unique PoV -- great images, superb material. I love this one and your notes add a great deal. Superb composition
ninfa_urania (803) 2007-08-02 20:55
Merhaba...Figen...Wowww!... Tan solo al ver tu foto y sus detalles, mis ojos dan vueltas, un edificio muy bonito y una arquitectura muy interesante. Saludos Cordiales. *Peri* *Ninfa Urania*
nivaldo (15417) 2007-08-03 18:29
An impressive Building with an interesting architectural plan. A well done photo, too!
feather (51130) 2007-08-04 4:02
A good way to compose the Gherkin almost making it abstract. I like the graphic lines. The B&W conversion works well with the little sepia tint.
pboehringer (770) 2007-08-09 15:23
I have already admired this architectural wonder in several TE posts, but this one is quite special. I like the tilted approach and your sepia treatment gives an interesting atmosphere. It almost reminds of some science fiction movie at Mars or any other distant planet. Certainly not London!
wishlist (4133) 2007-08-10 11:29
great pov and great shot. I really like the pp you've done for this beautiful building.
This shot is excellent as the note you posted!
Thank you for sharing and regards
vbl (1421) 2007-08-23 6:22
Nice compo and contrast. I think is good election B&W
saylan-cb (12738) 2007-08-24 1:44
Mimari dokunun detayları,ışık ve bina üzerindeki yansımalar son derece estetik ve güzel.
wolf38 (31296) 2007-10-04 2:56
Hello figen. Your photo is a masterpiece. The structures, forms and lines are impressing photographed. Also the contrasts and the light are wonderful. Very beautifully. Best regards, Wolfgang.