30 ST MARY AXE

30 ST MARY AXE

Foster & Partners

London, 2004

Stainless steel and glass

A work by the office of Norman Foster & Partners, the office tower 30 St Mary Axe, more commonly known as “the Gherkin,” stands out as a unique icon of the new millennium on the London City skyline. This unusual skyscraper with its vivid sculptural form won the prestigious Riba Stirling Prize that same year, selected unanimously by the jury (the first time in the annals of the prize). Besides appearing in the cityscape as a new landmark, the building designed by Foster & Partners uses innovative energy performance features, representing one of the first examples in the world of an ecosustainable skyscraper. For this outstanding contemporary building Marzorati Ronchetti has produced the reception counters and the security gates at the entrance, based on designs by Foster & Partners. Made in stainless steel and glass, the long counters form the perimeter of the internal partitions, creating two dark reflecting surfaces with a double steel top, positioned in zones for information points and reception of visitors.

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