Architecture firm Foster + Partners has revealed plans for an extravagant new tower in London featuring a bulbous viewing platform and rotating gondolas at the top.
If approved, “The Tulip” could be completed by 2025 and would sit alongside Foster + Partners award-winning 30 St Mary Axe (aka. The Gherkin). At 305.3-metres tall, it would become the tallest building in the City of London and would feature spinning pod gondolas on three sides of the facade, providing unbeatable 360-degree views of the city. The plans have currently been submitted for planning permission.
There will also be a panoramic restaurant and a free education centre to teach children about London’s history, all supported by a “concrete shaft” measuring just 14.3 metres in diameter. The widest part of the observation deck would be 34.5 metres.
“Continuing the pioneering design of 30 St Mary Axe, the Tulip is in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward-thinking city,” said Norman Foster. “It offers significant benefits to Londoners and visitors as a cultural and social landmark with unmatched educational resources for future generations.”