As if the London needed yet another architectural marvel, the city could be about to add a giant tulip to the shard and gherkin landmarks already covering the impressive skyline.
As the capital of the UK, financial hub and a creative heartbeat around the world, the City of London is always attempting to push the boundaries of architecture and design. And they look set to add yet another impressive marvel to the already stunning cityscape.
The City of London Corporation granted planning approval for the Tulip, a 1,000-foot-tall tower designed by Foster + Partners.
Since the turn of the millennium, London’s skyline has matured and developed with new high-rise and design-conscious buildings that not only reflect the city as an important world hub, but also a creative destination.
Planning permission was submitted back in 2018 for the Tulip and, following the recent vote to approve the next stage of development, the new public cultural attraction, which will be sited next to The Gherkin, is almost a reality.
The Tulip aims to offer a new state-of-the-art cultural and educational resource for Londoners and tourists.
A key feature of the Tulip will be the education facility situated at the top of the building. The space hopes to offer 20,000 free places per year for London’s state school children.
The important educational resource, which is being supported by the J. Safra Group, will deliver a national curriculum of topics using innovative tools and bring to life the city’s history and dynamism. Hoping to spark and inspire the creative minds of tomorrow.
In addition to the education hub, the Tulip seeks to offer an unparalleled vantage point to view London from.
With viewing galleries, sky bridges, gondola pod rides and even a glass slide, visitors will be able to take in London from 300 feet above street level.
The Tulip will also have the lowest carbon footprint of any of the modern buildings in the city, with its soft bud-like form and sustainability focused design. The building will feature high performance glass to help reduce energy consumption, with heating and cooling provided by zero combustion technology.
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