A planning application has been submitted to the City of London Corporation for a new tower called The Tulip.
The Tulip, which derives its name from its ‘nature-inspired form’, would be sited next to 30 St Mary Axe, another popular London landmark also known as The Gherkin.
This project is proposed by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners, respectively the owners and designers of The Gherkin.
“The proposal for a unique 305.3-metre-high visitor attraction reflects a desire to build public engagement within the City and enhance The Gherkin’s public offering. The Tulip promises wide cultural and economic benefits with a diverse programme of events,” Foster + Partners said.
According to the architects’ website, the galleries in The Tulip will offer visitors an experience which will include sky bridges, internal glass slides and gondola pod rides on the building’s façade. A key feature will be the education facility within the top of The Tulip, offering 20,000 free places per year for London’s state school children.
Subject to the planning approval process, construction on The Tulip could begin in 2020 with completion projected for 2025.