30 St Mary Axe by Norman Foster and Arup engineers

’30 St Mary Axe’, also known as ‘the Gherkin’,  has won numerous awards and become ‘one of London’s most widely recognized examples of modern architecture’, since its completion in 2003.

The building is covered by a ‘giant net’ which formed by metals crossing each other. Together with the platform at each level, they form triangular shapes which are strong and stable.

Although 30 St Mary Axe has an overall curved glass shape, there is only one curved glass which is on the very top of the building. All the other windows use flat glass. Because each window is facing at a different direction, together they form a almost curved surface.

To read more about this please visit  ‘http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/30_St_Mary_Axe’.

Reported by Chen Zhuo

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