Fancy a Gherkin ? ~~ or perhaps a Kinder Egg?

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30 St Mary Axe From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia "The Gherkin" redirects here. For the pickled fruit, see gherkin. 30 St Mary Axe 30 St Mary Axe from Leadenhall Street.jpg 30 St Mary Axe, with St Andrew Undershaft church in the foreground, pictured from Leadenhall Street General information Type Office Location London, United Kingdom Coordinates 51°30′52″N 00°04′49″WCoordinates: 51°30′52″N 00°04′49″W Construction started 2001 Completed 2003[1] Opening 28 April 2004; 9 years ago[2][3] Cost £138,000,000.00 (land cost £90,600,000.00)[4] adjusted by inflation:£193242009 (land cost £134982996)[4] Height Roof 180 metres (591 ft) Technical details Floor count 41 Floor area 47,950 square metres (516,100 sq ft) Design and construction Architect Foster and Partners Structural engineer Arup Main contractor Skanska References [5] 30 St Mary Axe (widely known informally as "the Gherkin" and previously the Swiss Re Building) is a skyscraper in London's main financial district, the City of London, completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004.[2] With 41 floors, the tower is 180 metres (591 ft) tall[1] and stands on a street called St Mary Axe, on the site of the former Baltic Exchange, which was extensively damaged in 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the Provisional IRA.[2][6] After the plans to build the Millennium Tower were dropped, 30 St Mary Axe was designed by Norman Foster and Arup engineers,[7] and was erected by Skanska in 2001–2003.[1] The building has become an iconic symbol of London and is one of the city's most widely recognised examples of modern architecture.[

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Comments (20)

Jean THIERS on September 20, 2013

Oh non Nick, mais j'aime bien les Kinder surprise! <(;-) Jean.

Nick Weall on September 20, 2013

Jean THIERS ~ LOL Jean the Kinder Egg seems a much better offer ;~) Best wishes to you ~ nick

Nadia Kushnir on September 20, 2013


Nick Weall on September 20, 2013

nadiakushnir ~ Bravo dear Nadia too and thank you fair Maiden ~ best wishes ~ nick

UlrichSchnuerer on September 21, 2013

Hi Nick, great view, like!!!

Best wishes Uli

Nick Weall on September 21, 2013

* UlrichSchnuerer* ~ Hi there Uli and thanks for your kind visit, compliment and like ~ Enjoy the rest of your weekend ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Rosalyn Hilborne on September 22, 2013

I'll go with the Kinder Egg as well please :) I like your picture though...Whoever though gerkins were a good idea :( Cheers, Rosa.

Nick Weall on September 22, 2013

♦Rosa♦ Right Kinder Egg it is from now on Rosa goodness knows what wag christens these buildings with their nicknames in the first place ~ All the best ~ nick

NewerMan Man on October 5, 2013

Nice view and nice shot. LIKE. My best wishes, Manup.

Nick Weall on October 5, 2013

Newerman, Hi Manup and thanks a lot for your kind comments and like ~ Best wishes ~ nick

malby on October 11, 2013

Beautiful building, I like shape of its and colours of glass Nick. Like for Kinder Egg and warm greetings for you :) Maggie

Nick Weall on October 11, 2013

malby Hi Maggie this is indeed a very beautiful building and well worth a walk around ~ Thanks for the like and a Kinder Egg for you too with equally warm wishes ~ nick

ka9894 on October 12, 2013

I have been this area some years ago.

Yes, Like a Kinder Egg :))


Nick Weall on October 13, 2013

*ka9894, * ~ Ah some chocolate so early in the morning ~ lovely ~ thank you dear Kat ~ best wishes ~ nick

Maja Weidemueller on October 14, 2013

Rather a Kinder egg dearest P ~ although I am not a Kind any more ~ or perhaps that doesn't depend on age??? Chocolate hugs ~ A

Nick Weall on October 14, 2013

beegood ~ We are all children for ever when it comes to Chocolate dearest A and the older you get, the bigger the treat :~)))) Easter Egg Hugs ~P

Maja Weidemueller on October 15, 2013

So true dearest P ~ and now that we are approaching Christmas time you should see my kitchen ..... anticipating hugs ~ A

Elemér on October 20, 2013

Beautiful photo composed well! L


Nick Weall on October 20, 2013

Elemér Hello Elemér and thank you for your fine compliment and like ~ Best wishes ~ nick

Victor_Afanasiev on October 21, 2013

London!! Grate

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