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The Tulip Tower could open to the

IMAGES COURTESY OF FOSTER + PARTNERS

public in 2025

Eye in the sky: Foster + Partners envision the City of London’s tallest skyscraper

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oster + Partners have unveiled images for the Tulip Tower, an observatory and event space intended to become the City of

London’s next cultural attraction. The 305-metre skyscraper, which will stand alongside the now iconic Gherkin building, will be an office-free venue, providing panoramic views of the city. Developed by J Hafra Group as part of the City Corporation of London’s Cultural Mile public engagement initiative, the complex

The new skyscraper will be slightly shorter than the Shard

will feature a number of leisure

The tulip is in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward-thinking city Norman Foster

amenities and facilities, including internal glass slides, gondola pod rides and a restaurant. The site will also include a roof-

“It offers significant benefits

top garden, pocket park, and sky bar.

to Londoners and visitors as a

Speaking about the Tulip Tower,

cultural and social landmark

Norman Foster, founder and

with unmatched educational

principal at Foster + Partners said:

resources for future generations.”

“Continuing the pioneering design

If the company’s plans are

of 30 St Mary Axe [the Gherkin] the

approved, construction on the land-

Tulip is in the spirit of London as a

mark could start as early as 2020

progressive, forward-thinking city.

with completion projected for 2025.

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