The RIBA Stirling Prize: A Celebration of British Architecture

RIBA Stirling Prize winner 2004 - 30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe

30 St Mary Axe, London
Foster and Partners
Commissioned 1997
Completed 2004
Exterior view
Photograph by Nigel Young/Foster and Partners

This skyscraper is already a well-known landmark on the London skyline. Foster and Partners have created an office building that is both visually interesting and environmentally innovative.
The shape, which has been likened to a gherkin, comes from the desire for an aerodynamic form that maximises the amount of natural lighting. Windows onto the building’s atria also provide natural ventilation. The resulting office block uses fifty percent less energy than a conventional building.



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