Swiss Re Tower in London

Swiss Re Tower in London City

30 St Mary Axe is an official name of a building in London City, more known as Gherkin, or also by the name of its former owner as Swiss Re Tower. 30 in the official name is the house number and St Mary Axe is the street name.


This remarkable building stands in the place of the original Baltic Exchange, it is 180 metres high and was designed by Norman Foster and Ken Shuttleworth. The 30 St Mary Axe replaced the Baltic Exchange building, which was severely damaged by a bomb attack by IRA in 1992.


The construction of 30 St Mary Axe finished on 28th April 2004 and has received several prestigious architectural awards. The building is designed as an energy saving house and consumes 50% less energy when compared to other similar buildings. Although the building has an oval shape, its only curved glass element is the sightseeing cupola at the top. The copula is on the 40th floor and opens a wonderful panoramatic view of London.


The building was originally owned by Swiss Re, a Swiss reinsurance company, which is the reason why the building is also know as Swiss Re Tower. In 2007, the building was bought by a consortium consisting of IVG Immobilien AG (Germany) and Evans Randall (UK). However, the Swiss Re headquarters continues to use the building.


The Swiss Re Tower building is easily recognizable by tourists and helps to create the London City skyline. The view from Tower Bridge offers a unique blend of old and modern architecture.

25.5.2009 | Prague guide | Cities |
Swiss Re Tower
Businessmen in front of Swiss Re Tower in London City
Swiss Re Tower in London City
Swiss Re Tower
Swiss Re Tower
Swiss Re Tower in London City
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