London has been playing host to a variety of quirky skyscrapers. They include the Gherkin, the Walkie-Talkie, and the Cheese Grater. Now a new skyscraper design with a playful name and an ambitious outlook is about to make its name in London- the Tulip.
UK architects Foster + Partners recently revealed their designs for a 1,000-foot / 305-metre skyscraper that will become the second-tallest skyscraper in London.
Work on the skyscraper could start by 2020 and be complete in 2025.
The Tulip Skyscraper will stand adjacent to the Gherkin, as 30 St. Mary Axe is more frequently called, which is another creative brainchild of Foster + Partners. However, instead of hosting commercial or office space, the architects have confirmed that the new building will serve as an educational and cultural resource.
Plans depict a tall stem capped by a glass top that will contain a bar, viewing galleries, and restaurants that present diners with 360-degree views of London. Visitors will also be able to ride in viewing pods and use internal slides. In addition, there will be an educational facility for schoolchildren, with 20,000 free visits available annually.
Billionaire Jacob J. Safra will fund the scheme. Mr. Safra also owns the Gherkin.