30 St Mary Axe in London (England) - The Gherkin, Swiss Re
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Ltd, 20 Bury Street, London EC3A 5AA, England
Date of build
May 2004 - opening date
The building can theoretically accommodate up to 4,000 people, which gives approx. 10 m² per person.
The side wall of each floor is inclined to the side walls of adjacent floors at an angle of 5 degrees. The height of the floors is 2.75 m. In the building construction there is only one rounded piece of glass, it is placed in the lens at the top.
The building supports 16 fast high capacity lifts. Their speed reaches 6 meters per second. In one moment they can carry up to 378 passengers in total. The building also has two main staircases with 1037 degrees.
The total area of external glazing is 24,000 m², which is equivalent to the area of five pitches.
The building has 41 floors. Floors from 2-15 are occupied by the Swiss Re group, and floors 16-34 by various tenants.
On floors 38-40 there are the highest bars and restaurants in London. They can accommodate 50-70 guests during dinner and 120-260 guests during cocktail parties.
The office building expands from the base upwards and tapers to the top, reaching the maximum width at the height of 16 floors.
55 kilometers of steel parts were used for the construction, weighing a total of approx. tone. All piles are driven into the ground to a depth of 27 meters.
30 St Mary Ax has been awarded many prizes, including Best Central London Office Development 2004, Best New London Building 2004, Best British Innovation 2003, Skyscraper Award 2003.
Official website: http://www.30stmaryaxe.com