The Gherkin. A joiner created by Mark Murfitt © 2014 . All rights reserved.

The Gherkin, London

30 St Mary Axe is affectionately known as ‘The Gherkin’ for obvious reasons. It was designed by Sir Norman Foster and was opened in 2004, it’s a great looking building from afar, but close up you get to see it’s base nestled in the tiny streets of the City of London which gives you the impression it’s almost too big to be there.
One of the things I love about London, which this joiner captures very well (if I don’t mind saying so myself) is the contrast between the old and the new, The Gherkin is not even ten years old, yet in the foreground is the incredibly old church which has stood the test of time..and keeps on standing..you gotta love it.

Even though it’s not been open to business very long it’s ownership has changed a number of times as has it’s tenants, but regardless of who’s in it, and who owns it, I think it’s a great iconic building.

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Dimensions: 2.63m wide by 5.03m high (8.75ft x 16.75ft)

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3 Responses to The Gherkin, London

  1. This is great on several counts, as a joining photo but also the contrast with the old and new of London architecture which is also reflected by the contrast of the light and dark photos in the joining photo.

    • Yeah, that’s why I included the church as I liked the contrast of uber money tied up in the Gherkin and that fact that, that old church has stood there for hundreds of years regardless of the money swirling around it.

    • Pleased to see St Andrew Undershaft church included. My 2xgreat grandmother was baptized there 1822 and lived on Lime St where the Lloyds building now stands.

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