Iconic is a word often used these days, but that is what the gherkin truly is to London’s skyline.
This is one of those rare buildings that have an understated quality of design. Like a fractal, the overriding design is repeated the closer you look.
With a trained eye, new angles, abstract compositions and emotions reveal themselves as you explore and experience the spaces without and within. The internal spaces of the upper floors, determined by the external design, relieve the feeling of vertigo experienced in buildings of lesser height. All of which I find lead to a feeling of wellbeing, to occupants and visitors alike, without losing any of the spectacle and grandeur of the 360 degree views over the City of London and further afield.
I consider the ability of a building’s / structure’s / shape / design to identify a city’s skyline is in its silhouette. For example, although not ubiquitous; with the opening of Las Vegas’s ‘High Roller’ (2014) the outline of the London Eye is no longer unique to London, and the block-like structure of many buildings are easily mistaken, if view out of context to their immediate neighbors. 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) is an unmistakable landmark seen from any angle or distance, un-brash, yet more impressive the closer you get.
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Further reading see DesignCurial’s article on this topic here
With thanks to 30 St Mary Axe for photographic access.