TQ3381 : Lloyds Building & The Gherkin

taken 13 years ago, near to London, City of London, Great Britain

Lloyds Building & The Gherkin
Lloyds Building & The Gherkin
Two of London's most iconic modern buildings.

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Lloyd's Building

Located at 1, Lime Street in London, the Lloyd's building is home to Lloyd's of London insurance market.

Designed by Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986, the building is 'Hi-tech' form of architecture, using shiny surfaces, cutting edge materials and designs that resemble machinery. The Lloyds Building uses large expanses of metal cladding and glass, and has an 'inside-out' look with service pipes and glass lifts on the outside of the building. The centre piece of the building is a large glass barrel-vault roofed atrium, 60 metres high, allowing light to penetrate to four galleried floors.

30 St Mary Axe

The 180 metre tall sky scraper at 30 St Mary Axe, London was designed by Lord Foster (Foster and Partners) and opened in 2004.

Offices fill the 40-storey 48,000 metre floor space. Constructed in a thin-shell structure and thousands of flat glass panels. The building's distinct curved shape gave it its nick-name The Gherkin. It building has also been known as The "Swiss Re" Building, after the reinsurance firm which occupies it, and commissioned the building for their head offices.

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Date Taken
Friday, 1 May, 2009   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 15 December, 2009
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
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Skyscraper   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 331 810 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:30.7829N 0:4.9378W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 329 807
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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