LONDON SET TO GET A NEW TOWER DUBBED THE TULIP, BUT LOCALS HAVE OTHER NICKNAMES IN MIND
November 23, 2018 PAULINE MORRISSEY
A proposed new tower is set to be London’s second tallest structure, and in keeping with the city’s tradition already has its own nickname, The Tulip. But social media has come up with a few more colourful descriptions.
The tower is designed to resemble a flower, with visitors ascending a long thin stem to an observation building on top, shaped like the petals of the bulbous blossom.
Designed by global architecture firm Foster + Partners, the tower would be built within the ground-floor plaza of one of the firm’s other notable London skyscrapers, 30 St Mary Axe, or the Gherkin.
The project has been proposed by J. Safra Group, a privately owned banks and investment holdings company that owns the Gherkin.
At 305.3 metres, The Tulip would be just shy of being London’s tallest building, which is The Shard at 306 metres. It would also edge out a new skyscraper development underway, 1 Undershaft, planned to be 304 metres.