Swiss Re Tower


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Swiss Re Tower

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(Named Buildings) a bluish cigar-shaped office block, London's first environmental skyscraper. Standing 180 m (585 ft) high, the building was completed in 2004
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Whilst at Fosters, John also worked on early designs for London's Millenium Tower, now known as the Swiss Re Tower. The scheme is radical - technically, architecturally, socially and spatially, and instantly recognisible.
The Empire State Building -- New York, CN Tower -- Toronto, Petronas Towers -- Kuala Lumpur and Swiss Re Tower -- London will come under the modern monuments' section along with Dubai's own iconic buildings Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab.
INDUSTRY OF NATURE (Frame) cites examples that use a more organic approach, such as Joris Laarman's Bone chair and Sir Norman Foster's sponge-like Swiss Re tower.
Foster's skyscraper, built on the site of the IRA-bombed Baltic Exchange, was first officially called the Swiss Re tower, after its sponsors; once they sold it, its name was changed to 30 St Mary Axe, after its address; but it has been known to all and sundry as the Gherkin.
It was originally called the Swiss Re Tower and that company remains its prime tenant.
The new edition adds images and entries that reflect London in the twenty-first century, a multi-cultural city of markets and mosques, the Freud Museum and Chinatown, the Millennium Bridge and the Princess Diana Memorial Garden--and, of course, the 'Gherkin' (the Swiss Re tower) and the Greater London Authority.
Five that I have personally visited come to mind: Casa Mila in Barcelona; the National and University Library, Ljubljana; New York's Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Art in Sao Paulo; and the Swiss Re Tower in London.
Designed by the same people who created London's famous Gherkin shaped building, the Swiss Re Tower, Quartermile is a 10-minute walk from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile and just a two-minute walk from the university and the Meadows.
The move into the Swiss Re Tower or the "Gherkin" in London this summer was another landmark for Watson Burton, which is seeing strong growth in its year-old Leeds office.
The building, which will be owned by Willis client British Land plc, will be at 51 Lime Street, across the street from Lloyd's and near the Swiss Re tower, which opened in 2004.
They were the Moving Image Centre, magnificently sited on Sydney Harbour by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, and the Swiss Re Tower in the City of London by Foster and Partners.
The 'Gherkin' or Swiss Re Tower in the City of London has been chosen by Newcastle law firm Watson Burton LLP as its London office base.

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