Foster + Partners have submitted a new inspiring project for planning approval this month, which when granted will create a new skyline for London, in the heart of the city of London next to the famous Gherkin. The building will become the tallest in the city at 1,000ft (305m) high, which is just 3ft shorter than the Shard, UK’s highest building.
The uniqueness of this building is that it will be only for visitors and an education attraction, with around 20,000 free visits offered to state school children each year, and without any office space. The project is considered to be a new public culture and tourist destination, that will boost its surroundings, as presented by the team, ‘wide cultural and economic benefits with a diverse program of events’. Jacob J Safra whose company is funding the project said, ‘The Tulip’s elegance and soft strength complements the iconic Gherkin. We are confident in London’s role as a global city and are proud to offer its schoolchildren a state-of-the-art classroom in the sky to appreciate London’s history and dynamism.’
The tower will comprise of viewing galleries, sky bridges, internal glass slides, gondola pod rides on the building’s façade and a restaurant and bar which will offer extensive views across the city. At ground level, the building will offer a park and a two-storey pavilion with a public roof garden.
To assist and lower its energy consumption it will utilize high performance glass and an enhanced building system. The plans will be available to the public in December 2018, and if permission for this remarkable building is granted, construction will commence in 2020 and estimated completion in 2025.
The Tulip will offer rides with external gondola pods
“The Tulip is in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward-thinking city,” said architect Norman Foster, founder of Foster + Partners.Share Share Share