THE GHERKIN. NAMES. The Gherkin has not only one name . It’s also called : 30 St Mary Axe ( it’s the official name ) Swiss Re Building ” Gherkin ” has its source from the shape of this building , in P olish it means korniszon. ;). LOCATION.
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”Gherkin” hasitssourcefromtheshape of thisbuilding, inPolishitmeanskorniszon. ;)
30 St Mary Axeisplacedin London inthe City of London (financial and business district).
We canseethishugeskyscraperfroma very long distance. Gherkinis a great attraction to seeduringjourney on theThames. It’snearbythe Tower and the Tower Bridge.
CONSTRUCTION: 2001 – 2003
OPENED: theend of May 2004
NUMBER OF FLOORS: 42
HEIGHT: 180 meters
FLOOR AREA: 47,950 squaremeters
DESIGN: Norman Foster
ARCHITECT: Foster & Partners
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Arup
Itstands on the previous site of the BalticExchangebuilding, which was seriouslydamaged on 10 April 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the IRA.
Thedecision to buildGherkin was madeafterdroppingthe idea of constructing Millenium Tower.
The first plan was to reconstructBaltic Exchange. TheGovernmentdidn’t want to buildanythingtoolargewhichcouldcover St. Paul’sdome. Althoughin 2000 DeputyPrime Minister gavepermission to constructa buildingmuch biggerthanthe old one.
The Gherkin is a kind of ecology construction. The building uses energy-saving methods which allow it to use half the power a similar tower would typically consume.Gaps in each floor create six shafts that serve as a natural ventilation system for the entire building even though required firebreaks on every sixth floor interrupt the "chimney."
Gherkin is used for offices. Nearby is large plaza available for allpeople, not onlyworkers.
Youcanfind a few restaurants and a winebarthere. Peoplecan sit at a table and enjoyfantasticviewabovetheirheads.
In December 2005, a survey of the world's largest firms of architects published in 2006 BD World Architecture 200 voted the tower as the most admired new building in the world.
30 St Mary Axehasitownwebsite. www.30stmaryaxe.com
Ifyou want to knowmoreyoucanfindtherereallyinterestinginformationaboutthisbuilding, itspurpose, services and many otherthingslikephotos etc.
Working as a plumberduring construction, a manearnedmorethanworking as a historyteacherin Poland. ;)
Windows of Gherkinarewashedtraditionally to 35 level. Upper service usehydraulic cherry picker.
Thishugecucumberhasenoughglass to cover 5 football pitches!
Atany one time 378 peoplecan be verticallytransportedthrough 30 St Mary Axeatspeedsup of 6 meters per one second.
Bookabout London ”Discover London”
my ownknowledge ;)
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