View of entrance to 30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe (2004)

Architects: Foster + Partners
Audio-described architecture tour for the London Festival of Architecture 2008, led by Louise Fryer with architect Rob Harrison from Foster + Partners, who was responsible for the construction of the building.

London’s first ecological tall building and an instantly recognisable addition to the city’s skyline, 30 St Mary Axe is rooted in a radical approach – technically, architecturally, socially and spatially.

Generated by a radial plan, its energy-conscious enclosure resolves walls and roof into a continuous triangulated skin, allowing column free floor space, light and views.

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