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Friday, April 3, 2015

The Gherkin London

30 St Mary Axe, aka The Gherkin, due to its distinctive shape, is a 180m-tall skyscraper in London that stands on ground that was formerly occupied by the Baltic Exchange building. The Gherkin opened as the Swiss Re Building in 2004 and completed the redevelopment of the old Grade II listed Baltic Exchange, which had been damaged by a huge IRA bomb in 1992.

The Gherkin London.

The Gherkin was designed by Norman Foster and has become an icon of London's contemporary architecture. The building is known for its eco-friendliness and energy saving design.

The top (40th) floor is an exclusive bar for tenants and their guests with spectacular 360 degree views over London.

The Gherkin changed hands in 2007 for a record £630 million, making the skyscraper Britain's most expensive office building at the time.

The Gherkin London.

The nearest tube station to the Gherkin is Aldgate with Liverpool Station a little farther to the north. Bank Station is to the west.

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