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30 St Mary Axe

14-34 St. Mary Axe, City of London
London ENG United Kingdom

Construction Dates
Floor Count41
Basement Floors1
Floor Area41,805 m²
Building Uses
 - office
 - observation
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - atrium
Architectural Style
 - structural expressionism
 - glass
 - steel
 - aluminium
 - granite

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof590 ftFoster and Partners
Restaurant level541 ftFoster and Partners

30 St Mary Axe is in the heart of the City of London, at plaza level granite and stainless steel are used throughout creating a new public retail area at the hub of world finance.

At the top of the building the glass-domed private
restaurant and reception will be 165m above the ground, offering stunning views over London.

There are 7,429 glass panes in the external skin.

It has been nicknamed 'The Gherkin'.

The building reached it's final height of 590ft on March 22nd 2003, when the final piece of steel was lifted into place, the building is due to be officially opened on 27/4/2004.

The site was formerly occupied by the Baltic Exchange, which was damaged by an IRA bomb on the 10th April 1992, 3 people were killed.

39th floor diameter - 26.5
17th floor diameter - 56.5
base diameter - 49.3
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