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Hope & Glory

By Philip_H
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,

Tags: London Architecture Gherkin Union jack Cupola Skyscraper Union flag Norman foster Flying the flag 30 st mary axe Swiss Re Building Arup engineers

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CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
30 Jan 2013 6:32PM
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
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 6:42PM
Not my favourite building by a long shot Phillip, however you have captured in a new light.

Regards Nathan
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
30 Jan 2013 6:51PM
Nice shot, the Union Jack ads a national tint. It looks just like the one in Barcelona.
Mrsbass 8 2 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 7:17PM
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.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2237 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 7:20PM
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.
Herge88 14 40 6 England
30 Jan 2013 7:38PM
Great shades of light and dark in this.

Best Matt
HELANA 11 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2013 8:49PM
Grate capture Philip, I love London. As Mrsbass I think that everybody knows the "Gherkin".Very nicely presented.
30 Jan 2013 9:31PM
Excellent capture, nice light and shadows
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
30 Jan 2013 10:28PM
xwang 12 56 8
30 Jan 2013 10:58PM
Beautiful shot, wonderful POV, Philip. I thought it was older than this...nice to know..thanks.
Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
31 Jan 2013 5:53AM
This is an amazing building indeed Philip !! I like it too Smile A great image and info on it SmileGrin
Tibetan 9 3 England
31 Jan 2013 10:51PM
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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