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Author Powell, Ken, 1947-

Title 30 St Mary Axe : a tower for London / Kenneth Powell ; photography by Grant Smith
Published London ; New York : Merrell Pub., [2006]


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Description 224 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents Site and design team -- Developing the design -- Building the tower -- A tower for London
Summary "Written by architecture critic Kenneth Powell, 30 St Mary Axe: A Tower for London tells the story of the genesis, design development, construction and public reception of one of the world's most intelligently conceived and imaginatively designed buildings. Each stage of the design process is described in detail, from the first sketches and models to the creation of the spiralling atria, which allow for natural ventilation, and the unique steel diagrid, which provides column-free internal spaces. This is followed by a photographic essay illustrating the key phases on site, from the day construction started to the moment the lens was lifted into place." "The book concludes by drawing together the critical response to 30 St Mary Axe, its prolific use in graphics, advertising and films as an emblem of London, and its role as a catalyst for other tall buildings in the city. Norman Foster has described 30 St Mary Axe as "a tremendous act of faith and confidence in the future". This book reveals the powerful statement it makes about the future of both the workplace and the modern city."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
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Subject 30 Saint Mary Axe (London, England)
Foster + Partners.
Office buildings -- England -- London.
London (England) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Author Smith, Grant, 1956-
LC no. 2008396441
ISBN 1858943221 (hbk.)
Other Titles Thirty St Mary Axe