Foster + Partners designs bulbous tourist attraction tower for London

Marco Green
November 20, 2018

It's a fun destination only, created to offer one of those modern super-high viewing platform experiences that tourists love going up so much, with this one even coming with transparent pods that circulate around the outside of the very tip of the building for an even better view of the surrounds.

At the 984-foot-high observation deck, visitors would be able to take in 360-degree views of London and beyond.

After towers called the Gherkin, the Cheese Grater and the Walkie Talkie, plans have been unveiled for a new 1,000ft skyscraper in London dubbed the Tulip. The steel-framed observation "bubble" would be fully wrapped in high-efficiency glass, and feature sky bridges, glass slides, a restaurant and bar, and multiple floors worth of programming.

"It offers significant benefits to Londoners and visitors as a cultural and social landmark with unmatched educational resources for future generations", he added. Guests would be able to ride in glass pods along the tower's facade on what amount to three sky-high Ferris wheels.

The Tulip, by Foster + Partners, will be London's first purpose-built viewing platform, with no office space.

Sky bridges will ensure visitors get a unique view of London
Image The building will feature sky bridges to view London. Pic DBOX for Fosters and Partners

The top of The Tulip will feature an education centre offering 20,000 free places per year for London's state school children.

The project is being bankrolled by billionaire banker Jacob J Safra, who told the BBC: 'The Tulip's elegance and soft strength complements the iconic Gherkin'.

"We are confident in London's role as a global city and are proud to offer its schoolchildren a state-of-the-art classroom in the sky to appreciate London's history and dynamism".

A planning application for The Tulip was submitted on November 13, and if everything moves along smoothly, construction is expected to begin in 2020 and wrap up in 2025.

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