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30 St Marys Axe Also known as Swiss Re Tower, 30 St Mary Axe and The Gherkin

 

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  • 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 only curved piece of glass on the entire building is the very top piece that crowns it.
  • 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 floor to ceiling heights are 2.75 metres, three centimeters more than is needed to have accomodated the worlds tallest man ever. Of course he couldn't have worn heels.
  • 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.
  • Almost all of the plant space is located externally on an adjacent six story structure at 20 Bury Street.
  • 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.

News Articles

28-07-2014 > Gherkin Goes On Sale

03-09-2007 > Survey Finds Gherkin Is Ugly

04-12-2006 > IVG Asticus Buy The Gherkin

19-09-2006 > Why Swiss RE Would Sell The Gherkin...

23-08-2006 > London Open House 2006 Rundown

08-08-2006 > Londoners Lost Without Landmarks

11-07-2006 > Royal Mail Releases New Architecture Stamps

13-06-2006 > Is Londons Ugliest Building Really The Gherkin

31-08-2005 > 2005 London Open House

18-09-2004 > Swiss RE to Open Up

23-06-2004 > Building the Gherkin

26-04-2004 > Gherkin Set For Opening

07-08-2003 > Swiss RE Externally Complete

02-12-2002 > Swiss RE Lights Up

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Architect
Foster + Partners
Cost Consultant
Gardiner & Theobald
Developer
Swiss Re
Main Contractor
Skanska
Planning Consultant
Montagu Evans
Quantity Surveyor
Gardiner & Theobald
Services Engineer
Hilson Moran Partnership
Structural Engineer
Arup Group

Reference Data

Reference No.
58
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
25-03-2014
 

Building Location

Address
14-34 St Mary Axe, London. EC3
Council
City of London
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1999
Construction start date
2001
Completion date
2003
Style
Zoomorphic

Roof Height (AOD)
194.90
Roof Height (AGL)
179.80
Top Floor Height (AGL)
163.00
Floor To Ceiling Height
2.75

30 St Marys Axe

Total Floors (O.G)
41
Total Floors (U.G)
1
Number of Lifts
17

Market Data

Primary Use
Office
Secondary Use
Retail

Floorspace (sq m)
76,641.00
Car Parking Spaces
5

Land Costs
£90,600,000.00
Date of Purchase
1998
Construction Cost
£138,000,000.00
Budget Date
2001
Last Sale Value
£595,000,000.00
Sale Date
2006

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