30 St Mary Axe : a tower for London / Kenneth Powell ; photography by Grant Smith.
Merrell, London [etc.] : 2006.
224 p. : il.
Biblioteca Sbc Aprendizje A-72.011.27 THI
The new office building designed by Foster and Partners for client Swiss Re at 30 St Mary Axe in London is already a well-established icon on the City skyline. Intelligently conceived, innovative in design and construction, and environmentally progressive, there can be few offices worldwide that have earned such affection from the public. This major new book tells the fascinating story of the genesis, development and public reception of one of the world's most radical buildings - winner of over ten major awards, including the prestigious Stirling Prize.
This is the first book exclusively devoted to that well-known, if slightly bulbous, edifice in the City of London. Powell takes us through the conception, design, controversies and construction of the tower variously known as Swiss Re, 30 St. Mary Axe, and the Gherkin (despite bearing no resemblance to the popular pickle) that has won over ten major awards, including the prestigious Stirling Prize. The book includes special features on key aspects of the building, from issues relating to its construction and sustainability to its role in such recent movies as Basic Instinct II: Risk Addiction and Woody Allens Matchpoint. Essential reading for fans of new British architecture.