Image title: London Swiss Re Building the Gherkin

London Swiss Re Building the Gherkin

London Swiss Re Building, the Gherkin or 30 St Mary's Axe, medium zoom view seen from Tower Bridge

"Although credited to Norman Foster the real credit for this, and many other Foster and Partner buildings, must go to Ken Shuttleworth. Working for Foster and Partners for 30 years it was Shuttleworth who had designed many of Foster;s most famous and iconic buildings including City Hall, the new Greater London authority headquarters beside Tower Bridge, the arches of the future Wembley Stadium, Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport, and the Commerzbank, Frankfurt - to date Europe's tallest building.
The rumour is that Shuttleworth grew tired of Lord Foster taking credit for his work and left soon after the Swiss Re building was completed to start his own practice. This Swiss Re building won the 2004 RIBA Stirling Prize, Building of the Year."
Commentary by Eddy Rhead


London Swiss Re Building the Gherkin



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London Swiss Re Building, London cityscapes, cityscapes of London, modern architecture London, Sir Norman Foster

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