Corps of Discovery

By wmaclark

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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