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Corps of Discovery

Thursday 23 February 2012: 30 St Mary Axe

Formerly the Swiss Re building, but more commonly called the Gherkin.

This photo depicts the only curved glass in the entire building- the top dome.

Since the building isn't normally open to the public, I arranged a tour for a friend who studies architecture, and ended up learning a lot about the building that I view out my office window on a daily basis. Did you know that it uses 50% of the energy of a standard, similar-sized building? Among other things, certain windows automatically open a few degrees to facilitate the chimney effect within the building.

We lucked out with a sunny and fairly clear day- the views out to the east were fantastic :o)

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