Iconic is a word often used, yet 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.
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 towers are commonplace to many city skylines. However, when view in context to its immediate neighbours, 30 St Mary Axe’s silhouette creates an unmistakable London landmark, seen from any angle or distance. The buildings is un-brash, yet more impressive the closer you get.
With thanks to 30 St Mary Axe for photographic access.