foster partners unveil tulip tower for londons cbd

A substantial planning application has been submitted to the City of London for a new visitor attraction which would be sited next to 30 St Mary Axe, also known as The Gherkin.

The proposal was submitted by the Safra Group, the company controlled by Brazilian billionaire banker Joseph Safra, which bought the Gherkin in 2014 for £726 million (AUD$1.2 billion).

The Tulip, a 305.3-metre tall tower topped with a viewpoint and rotating gondolas, was designed by Foster + Partners to become a new public, cultural, and tourist destination.

The design pays homage to the rotating pods of the London Eye attraction and the panoramic restaurant that once sat at the top of the BT Tower.

At 305 meters tall, the Tulip will stand just short of the 306-metre Shard across the River Thames while another planned skyscraper, 1 Undershaft, will be 304 meters tall.

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