London cucumber

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London cucumber

Postby AndrewP » Wed Nov 27, 2002 2:26 pm

Does anyone know if that giant cucumber shaped building in London is finished? I can't remember what it's called, but it seemed to be well progressed last time I was there...
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Postby Andrew Duffy » Wed Nov 27, 2002 6:47 pm

Swiss Reinsurance Building, more formally known as 7 St Mary Axe (the reinsurance buisness got hurt by flooding in Germany and terrorism in the USA so Swiss Re are only going to use some of it).
I think it is actually due to get capped out tomorrow. The cladding is about halfway up, and looking very nice indeed.
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Postby ro_G » Wed Nov 27, 2002 7:40 pm

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Postby AndrewP » Thu Nov 28, 2002 5:32 pm

Thanks. Wow. Why can't we build stuff like that in Dublin?
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Postby RSJ » Fri Nov 29, 2002 8:43 pm

This is Foster back on form after some dodgy buildings. Not that it's quite all he intended. Early models show a pattern of lushly-planted atria spiralling round the building. A bit Ken Yeang-ish.

Then someone got out the net floorspace calculator and those big atria became little light slots. It's still good, though.
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