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Tulip fever

Tulip fever

January 1, 2019
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Foster + Partners proposes 305m-tall tourist viewing tower for London

The architects responsible for London’s Gherkin have proposed another organically inspired building for the city, this time inspired by a flower rather than a pickled vegetable. Intended to stand alongside the Gherkin, the so-called Tulip design by Foster + Partners has a slim concrete shaft topped by a viewpoint shaped like the petals of a bulbous tulip flower. Internal glass slides and spinning “gondola pods” fixed to three sides of the façade would provide vistas over the city, and “sky bridges” would run between observation decks. As well as a bar and a restaurant with 360° views, the Tulip is planned to include an education centre and incorporate photovoltaic cells within the structure to generate energy on site.

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