London, UK

The Tulip


At the start of the Millennium, 30 St Mary Axe marked the emergence of the new skyline of the City of London. Over the years, it has become one of the most cherished and recognisable icons of the city and a symbol of London’s status as a global capital. As well as being the city’s first ecological tower, it illustrated how an office building can make a positive contribution to the city at ground level by creating a new plaza and drawing life to the surrounding urban fabric.

Today, London’s skyline has matured with several new high-rises that reflect its growth as a global financial hub. The City of London’s drive to create and preserve public space in the Square Mile has encouraged many of these buildings to engage with the surrounding urban environment through public art, roof gardens and a vibrant programme of public events throughout the year.

The Tulip emerges from a desire to take public engagement with the city to a new level, offering a rich programme of visitor attractions and spaces for learning that will create a new state-of-the-art cultural, educational and community resource for the City. While most buildings in the City of London are office towers that include a small allocation of retail or public space, The Tulip will be a unique destination that is wholly dedicated to London.

Rising to a height of 305 metres, The Tulip will provide an unparalleled vantage point to view its surroundings. The viewing platform will offer visitors an engaging and enthralling ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ curated experience with sky bridges, internal glass slides and gondola-pod rides on the building’s façade that will appeal to people across all age groups. Complementing the experience will be a sky bar and restaurant with unmatched 360-degree views of the city.

A fundamental target for the project was to find a meaningful way to give something back to Londoners. While the unique viewing experience plays a key role in enhancing the City’s cultural and entertainment offering, The Tulip will also provide a substantial learning platform for future generations by offering the ‘best classrooms in the city’ for London’s schoolchildren and local community groups. This free educational resource will offer curated content that is tailored to the national curriculum, using state-of-the-art tools to bring various facets of the City to life, inspiring the creative young minds of tomorrow.

Following on from the environmental ambitions of the Gherkin, sustainability remains a central focus for The Tulip. The building uses zero combustion sources and is carbon neutral during operation; 100% of the external landscaping’s irrigation is provided by rainwater falling on the building which, along with the use of recycled greywater, cuts the building’s water demand in half. The beautiful public park, landscaped roof terrace of the Pavilion and substantial green walls at either end of Bury Court provide a nearly ten-fold increase in the site’s green space.

Through its form and function, The Tulip provides a perfect complement to one of London’s most treasured icons, while giving the city a popular new cultural destination and an unmatched educational resource for the future.


The Tulip

London UK

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  • Appointment 2018
  • Height 305mm