London City Hall in London

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London City Hall
Also known as:The Glass Egg

The Queen's Walk, London, England, Bermondsey SE1
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In a capital bristling with historic significant stone architecture, the use of this glass and steel orb as the seat of city government may seem strange, but the reason is simple -- London didn't have a mayor from 1988 to 2002. This building was erected specifically for the purpose of housing the central authority, and constructed at a time when London was embracing glass and steel as the hallmark of the new millennium.

The glass is unavoidable, surrounding visitors, politicians, and civic leaders. They are able to look out not just upon the popular London core, but around in all directions over their domain. Perhaps the transparency will worth both ways, reminding the people inside that they serve the people outside. The main feature of the interior is the grand debating chamber, which looks up into a soaring spiral stairwell. At the top of the building is an open-air viewing platform.

The shape of the building is not something simple like a sphere, or an egg. It is something akin to a drop of water being blown over by a puff of air. Each level is offset slightly from the one below, hanging over one side of the building. The result is a slightly curving side, and a rapidly curving side. This is an energy-saving feature, as the building is angled to take advantage of sunlight in the winter, and avoid it in the summer. There is also a below-grade ampitheatrer, which makes the building appear as if it is rising from a hole.

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    > The first mayor to have his offices in this building was Ken Livingstone.
    > 23 July, 2002 - Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh officially open the new city hall. The mayors of Paris and Berlin also attended the ceremony.
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  It is an absolute stunning building, specially the inside is something so unique! All the interior revolves around a 500 mt long spiral staircase.

Nancy - Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 @ 9:56am  

   thank you mr foster!im architect student & study about city hall these days...

faeze - Thursday, November 25th, 2010 @ 9:05am  

  One of the best design, everything is clear in this structure, climatically, structurally, conceptually,& finally designed by SIR NORMAN FOSTER, what else neede

santosh - Friday, November 7th, 2008 @ 9:08am  

  This Building is extremely dynanic, amazing architecture- visual fantacy

SDK - Thursday, May 29th, 2008 @ 9:43am  

  Absolutely smashing!!! I'm so happy to be alive to witness the beginnings of such architecture in London, Hong Kong, New York and a handful of other cities. The form is very organic looking, in shape and modern enough to be pleasing to the eyes. Perfect for our times.

Hugh - Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 @ 12:00am  

  It absolutely magnificent and it epitomizes the vibe London offers to anyone who visits that spot,and experience a remarkable architecture and it shows again cosmopolitan image of London.

khaya khumalo - Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 @ 9:05am  

  I love this building. This is excellent contrast between new and old London. great!

Sokkky - Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 @ 6:01pm  

  I like the form, design and the idea of really pushing the envelope, I am just amaze at the management, organization and disapline that went into building such an idea.

ida campbell - Tuesday, January 29th, 2008 @ 11:58am  

  This building looks like a spaceship on the EARTH n really very beautiful

Raman Batra - Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 @ 6:35am  

  i dont like this building it looks like a stack of pizza's its horrible

alex - Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 @ 5:31am  

  it seems modern building but i think it is like a tropical fruit.

bünyamin kalafat - Monday, June 25th, 2007 @ 7:24am  

  I don`t want to be one of thoes who says "form follows function and nothing else!" but this beauty great building seems a little useless. I just can be sure that this is not my favorite and this is not the best work of Foster THE GREAT !

Ehsan Feiz - Monday, May 28th, 2007 @ 4:41pm  

  i have always wanted to go to london and that would be one place id want to go see its amazingly awesome!

shannon - Friday, May 18th, 2007 @ 8:34am  

  I think ıt's a imposing and different face for London

Nuran Keles - Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 @ 4:14pm  

  I always lke to put this question to critics "can u do better?". If u are a designer you will understand that bringing to life such a design let alone making it work, especially in terms of materials used,is not for all. You should give him {the architect} the best of awards. I think it's a master piece from a mastermind.Kabir [M.Sc 2 STUDENT]DEPT OF ARCHITECTURE Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria

Kabir - Sunday, February 25th, 2007 @ 6:23am  

  You know when you take a boat trip down the river thames and you see all those famous buildings like the houses of parliament and landmarks like the london eye and you go under bridges like tower bridge, well make this a little more known around the world and it will be a london attraction.

Adam Crawley - Monday, February 19th, 2007 @ 4:57pm  

  Whery far from the proportional perfection of the Gherkin. Razer pretentious and chubby, so just funny. Not an eyesore, but nothing exeptional...

Mike - Monday, April 24th, 2006 @ 10:03pm  

  Not big as world structures go but, like the ghurkin, a texhnically and functionally brilliant design appropriate to the computer age, proving, as always, that reality is superior to the pedestrian concepts of science fiction.

David Watts - Saturday, January 28th, 2006 @ 10:33am  

  he is surprising, mainly when one sees of an old and traditional side (bridge of the tower) and then this modern and special building congratulations It`s amazing

Jose L Orduna - Friday, January 6th, 2006 @ 9:01pm  

  I love it! So beautyful. Modern, slick, very light, seems weightless and still catch your eye. Can it get much better?

Ebba - Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 @ 3:38pm  

  Have been inside the building and love it. It is not just looks great on the facade but also have a good interior as well. loves the spiral ramp which can promote a interaction between floors and the deck overlooking the tower bridge and london city at the most top floor is brilliant. Good job.

Amin - Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 @ 8:43am  

  It is a great landmark, next to the River Thames and across from the Tower of London, however it does clash horribly with Tower Bridge next to it.

Aadrien Luke - Wednesday, September 14th, 2005 @ 1:17am  

  It's great that London is bold and brave to defy conventions and traditions to approve this type of buildings. Considering what the south bank was before the renewal this is a great step forward... regardless if you like this building or not.

Igor - Tuesday, August 16th, 2005 @ 4:57am  

  The skyline of the city of London keeps changing manifoldly through the years.Wonderful masterpieces and landmark monuments capture the eyes as never before.Wish all cities of the world focus their attention on such aesthetical aspects that can add to the appeal of the city and give a glorious face lift what London possesses!

wilson frederick - Wednesday, July 27th, 2005 @ 12:43am  

  I hate this eyesore! It has been given so much credit! For what? I think it is very dull, unappealing and unpowerful!

S. P - Thursday, May 26th, 2005 @ 8:34am  

  I call it "The Snail". Whatever you think it looks like, it seems we have to have a Theme Park approach to architecture with 'Gherkins' and 'Needles' etc., instead of mature aesthetics. BTW, there are problems with the windows, which keep cracking. Good design is not just about revolutionary looks.

Richard - Friday, April 8th, 2005 @ 3:24pm  

  modern&stylish

Salwan Hameed - Monday, March 28th, 2005 @ 9:27am  

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