30,Saint Mary Axe (widely known informally as "the Gherkin" and previously the Swiss Re Building) is a skyscraper in London's main financial district, the City of London, completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004. With 41 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall and stands on a street called St. Mary Axe, on the former site of the Baltic Exchange, which was extensively damaged in 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the Provisional IRA.
After the plans to build the Millennium Tower were dropped, 30 St Mary Axe was designed by Norman Foster and Arup engineers, and was erected by Skanska in 2001–2003.
The building has become an iconic symbol of London and is one of the city's most widely recognised examples of contemporary architecture.
The building stands on the former site of the Baltic Exchange, the headquarters of a global marketplace for ship sales and shipping information. On 10 April 1992 the Provisional IRA detonated a bomb close to the Exchange, causing extensive damage to the historic building and neighbouring structures.
The United Kingdom government's statutory adviser on the historic environment, English Heritage, and the City of London governing body, the City of London Corporation, were keen that any redevelopment must restore the building's old façade onto St. Mary Axe. The Exchange Hall was a celebrated fixture of the ship trading company.
After English Heritage later discovered the damage was far more severe than previously thought, they stopped insisting on full restoration, albeit over the objections of the architectural conservationists who favoured reconstruction. Baltic Exchange sold the land to Trafalgar House in 1995. Most of the remaining structures on the site were then carefully dismantled, the interior of Exchange Hall and the façade were preserved, hoping for a reconstruction of the building in the future. The architectural salvage, its eventual sale for £800,000 and move to Tallinn awaiting reconstruction as the centrepiece of the city's commercial sector, can be seen in the Baltic Exchange listing.
In 1996, Trafalgar House submitted plans for the Millennium Tower, a 386-metre (1,266 ft) building with more than 140,000 m2 (1,500,000 sq ft) office space, apartments, shops, restaurants and gardens. This plan was dropped after objections for being totally out-of-scale with the City of London and anticipated disruption to flight paths for both City and Heathrow airports; the revised plan for a lower tower was accepted.
The tower's topmost panoramic dome, known as the "lens", recalls the iconic glass dome that covered part of the ground floor of the Baltic Exchange.
The gherkin name was applied to the current building at least as far back as 1999, referring to that plan's highly unorthodox layout and appearance. Info Wiki.
In front of the Gherkin on this roundabout we can see a school,
The Sir John Cass Foundation is one of London's oldest and largest education charities. Founded in 1748, it supports education for young people in London through its grant programmes for individuals, schools and organisations, and its support for a number of institutions bearing Sir John Cass's name.
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macjake (71721) 2014-05-04 22:58
this is awesome...you know why?
we almost always see the Gherkin in an abstract manner (and thats fine too), but this is the first time i've seen it pulled back to show the street life infront of it.
what a mixture of buildings! so strange looking, so out of sync in a way - but it works.
cool to have the red bike go by too.
jemaflor (102177) 2014-05-04 23:04
Perfectly balanced your composition with a good focal point with the tower, light is superb, tfs.
emka (105446) 2014-05-04 23:10
I was twice in UK in last few tears but I didn't go to London. I must go there one day. This gherkin is fantastic. In your photo there are so many fine details, this red building is also nice, red bile and a small tulip field. I like this comp[osition very much.
Have a nice week
danos (102474) 2014-05-04 23:22
really this building is very impressive from its cone shape as for its architectural style.
I saw it the last man when i was there for a week.Excellent the light and the colour management as the clarity of the image.Well done.
Have a good week,Danos
snunney (105467) 2014-05-05 2:44
A very interesting point of view that encompasses a wide variety of diverse architecture. I like also the presence of the cyclist and the traffic, which is not distracting here and helps enliven the scene. The lighting was perfect to bring out the colours and detail in the architecture. Top class technical presentation.
A normal day here in France with some excellent weather for a change, sunny and warm with temperatures up to 25.
ikeharel (77153) 2014-05-05 8:45
Modern "banana" building seems as rising from within the more traditional buildings, Iain.
Yet, I see some more high-rise scraper newly decorating the London skyline.
Also, The corner building with an adorn entrance in white marble carving also draw attention when looking at the photo.
Fine light, colors and depth collected.
siudzi (34141) 2014-05-05 11:38
This is a really original and new POV on these modern designs. Like it! The contrast between architectural styles is interesting and created an eye-catching result. TFS!
Waylim (25436) 2014-05-05 14:28
Very good shot of this famous architecture. Lovely blue sky, which make this image really fantastic, not many clear day like this. I was in London twice and both time it was rainly and low clouds. so it is really great to see the whole landscape in such good clarity and brilliant colors. Excellent quality image and good composition.
thanks and have a good day/evening or whatever time it may be over there :)
Noel_Byrne (33422) 2014-05-06 10:21
This is a great unique view of the Gherkin, and even though I've seen it many times, never from this angle! The combination of the old style houses and the modern tower works really well, and the gherkin actually looks a lot more sympathetic to its older neighbors than I would have expected. A really nice skyline view. The person on the bike is an excellent inclusion too.
Gigidusud (21247) 2014-05-08 15:31
I'm back from London and I had the chance to see and photograph these modern architectures. Here the POV is well chosen and the light is beautiful. Well done!
PS: I loved London!