3 most interesting architectural objects in London. Do you know them all?

London is one of the biggest metropolises in the world and also a bustling capital of the Great Britain. The city inspires artists and draws tourists from around the globe. The abundance of diversity lies, among others, in its modern architecture.

30 St Mary Axe

It is the skyscraper localized in the London’s main financial district. The building is also known as The Gherkin or Swiss Re.

Previously, the Baltic Exchange office building stood here, which was destroyed in a 1992 bombing. The skyscraper was designed by Norman Foster’s bureau and Arup Group.

The construction of building had started in 2001 and was completed in 2003.

Lloyd’s building

The Lloyd’s building (Inside-Out Building) is the London’s headquarters of the Lloyd’s insurance company, localized on the Lime Street – the city’s main business district.

The construction was designed by the British architect named Richard Rogers. The building is famous for its structure, as all utilities and elevators were brought outside to increase the usable area. The distinctive part of the skyscraper is the innovative design in the form of the stairs mounted on the outside in rounded stainless steel spirals.

The Lloyd’s building is 88 meters high and has 14 floors. Over a dozen blue cranes stand on its roof, helping to keep the elevations clean.

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Tate Modern

It is the British national museum of international modern art, localized in London next to Globe Theatre and Millenium Bridge.

The building was opened as a museum in 2000, after a reconstruction made on the basis of the Herzog & de Meuron bureau project. Since then, the Tate Modern is regarded as one of the most interesting modern art museums in the world.

The finest part of the Tate Modern is the old Turbine Hall, which was filled with engine-generators back in the days. The building has seven floors and 3400 square meters.


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