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A shot of my favourite London skyscraper designed by Norman Foster and Arup engineers: 30 St Mary Axe (formerly the Swiss Re Building, informally referred to as the Gherkin), completed in December 2003 and opened at the end of May 2004. With 40 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Playing Chicken' and to Nathan (NDODS) for his much appreciated UA Grin

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:10 Sep 2009 - 11:04 AM
Focal Length:5.9mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Hope & Glory
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:30 Jan 2013 - 6:22 PM
Tags:30 st mary axe, Architecture, Arup engineers, Cupola, Flying the flag, Gherkin, London, Norman foster, Skyscraper, Swiss Re Building, Union flag, Union jack
Votes:30

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 6:32 PM

An excellent capture of this somewhat strange looking building, Philip. I haven't been to London for ??? years, I don't think I would recognise it with all the new developments Sad Carol

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33120 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 6:42 PM

Not my favourite building by a long shot Phillip, however you have captured in a new light.

Regards Nathan

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 6:51 PM

Nice shot, the Union Jack ads a national tint. It looks just like the one in Barcelona.

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 7:17 PM

This is one of the most iconic buildings in London (in my opinion) Great composition and I too like the Union Jack in the front.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8755 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1589 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 7:20 PM

I don't get to London, either, and remember when this was built, I didn't know what people were referring to when they talked about the Gherkin. Personally, I like it, and your image perfectly portrays its unique shape and design.

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 7:38 PM

Great shades of light and dark in this.

Best Matt

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HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 - 8:49 PM

Grate capture Philip, I love London. As Mrsbass I think that everybody knows the "Gherkin".Very nicely presented.
Elena

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
30 Jan 2013 - 9:31 PM

Excellent capture, nice light and shadows
Effrossini

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 10:28 PM

Superb!

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jan 2013 - 10:58 PM

Beautiful shot, wonderful POV, Philip. I thought it was older than this...nice to know..thanks.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
31 Jan 2013 - 5:53 AM

This is an amazing building indeed Philip !! I like it too Smile A great image and info on it SmileGrin

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
31 Jan 2013 - 10:51 PM

Yep well Philip, I like gherkins, I can't eat this but it's a good advert, nice one like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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