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Two of London?s tallest buildings, left is Tower 42 and right is the Swiss Re Tower.

The architects, Foster and Partners, crafted a distinctive cone-like shape to reduce the wind turbulence around the Gherkin. It was completed in 2004 and opened on 28 April, 2004. Its design won the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize for the best new building by a RIBA architect in 2004. It was the first time that the prize jury was unanimous in their decision.

30 St Mary Axe (Swiss Re Tower) is a building in the City of London, London, United Kingdom. It is informally known as "The Gherkin", and sometimes as The Swiss Re Tower, Swiss Re Building or Swiss Re Centre, after its owner and principal occupier. It is 590 ft (180 m) tall. The building is famous for its daring architecture by Pritzker-prize winner, Sir Norman Foster and ex-partner Ken Shuttleworth.

Address: 30 St. Mary Axe, London
Directions: In the heart of the financial district
Phone: +44 20 7071 5029
Website: http://www.30stmaryaxe.com/

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  • Updated Jan 30, 2011
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