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Day 48: 30 St Mary Axe – The Gherkin at Twilight

18 Feb

30 St Mary Axe - The Gherkin at Twilight

Though the building is spectacular, it is far from harmonious with its neighbors. Even though the shockingly modern Lloyds of London Headquarters is just a few blocks away, 30 Saint Mary Axe is nestled in a neighborhood of quietly decaying townhouses and churches.

This is an area that has stood silently for eight hundred years as London grew up around it. The insertion of a sparkling curved skyscraper in its midst is startling to unsuspecting pedestrians ambling along the narrow streets.

The building that used to be on this site was the historic Victoria Baltic Exchange, built in 1903. That building was heavily damaged in a terrorist bombing executed by the Irish Republican Army in 1992. Preservation groups pushed to save the building, but the damage was too extensive and the cost too great to save it.

Source: www.londonarchitecture.co.uk/Building/731/United_Kingdom/…

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Posted by on February 18, 2008 in photoblog, Project 365

 

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2 responses to “Day 48: 30 St Mary Axe – The Gherkin at Twilight

  1. cyclepod

    February 19, 2008 at 10:14 am

    I really like that photo, how did you manage to convert this dreary grey building?!

    I wonder what this building is like to work in? It would be interesting to get comments from people who work there. It’s open once every year to the public and so far every time I have missed it. I used to work in the old CU building (it’s AXA I think now) and it’s windows came out due to a nearby bomb. I used to pop in the Lloyds Building in my lunch break, and there’s a small museum.

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  2. kayodeok

    February 19, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for visiting 🙂

    The Sun was setting behind me and there was an intense glow that lasted several minutes and this glow managed to light up the building.

    My only regret is that I didn’t spend enough time making the most of the light.

    I was greedy; I wanted to photograph The Gherkin, Lloyds Building and others before the light disappeared so my focus was split.

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