The Tulip – a 305.3-metre tall tower topped with a viewpoint and rotating gondolas designed by Foster + Partners – is planned to be built alongside the Gherkin in London.
Foster + Partners has submitted its design for the tower, which would become the tallest structure in the City of London, for planning permission.
If approved, the tower could begin construction in 2020, with an opening date planned for 2025.
I’m a big fan of Foster + Partners and their ongoing collaboration with Apple. Their buildings are as big as “starchitect” projects can get while remaining tasteful.
That said, I hate this. Sure, it’s clever building on the existing lot for 30 Mary Axe, but the way it completely dwarfs it just so it barely makes the tallest building in London is comical. The Tulip is like the crow to 30 Mary Axe’s annoyed bird.
Nevermind that the design is somewhat congruent with the 30 Mary Axe, being bulbous and all – it’s still a total freak show. You can’t tell me this thing isn’t begging for attention, especially with those cars on the side like some space-age cuckoo clock.
I have high hopes this remains a proposal. Goodness.