At 1,000ft, “The Tulip”, is proposed to be a tall concrete and glass skyscraper, which (if permission is granted) will become the City of London’s tallest tower. The building will be just one metre short of the Shard, which is the UK's highest building. The structure will sit next to the Gherkin and feature a 12-storey glass bud on top of a 787 foot concreate shaft. With eight floors of viewing platforms, bars, restaurants and entertaining space for 1,500 people, the Tulip will be a multi-function space.
The interior will feature glass-floored internal bridges, while the exterior will include moving transparent pods on tracks embedded onto the building, for visitors to ride in.
Sir Norman Foster, a British architect and owner of Foster + Partners responsible for the plans, said the building was “in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward thinking city”, while its floral form is an attempt to echo the Gherkin – officially 30 St Mary Axe – whose spiral geometry was inspired by a pine cone.
The proposal also includes plans for a high-tech education floor that Project Director Grant Brooker calls “The world’s best classroom” which will be available for free to 20,000 state school children each year.
If planning permission is secured construction would begin in early 2020 with an opening date in 2025.
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