TULIP: 305 Metre Tower with a Rotating Gondolas in London
The Tulip, a 305.3-meter tall tower topped with a viewpoint and rotating gondolas designed by Foster + Partners, is planned to be built alongside the Gherkin in London. So far, it is still in proposal stage and if approved, the tower will become the tallest structure in the City of London. As planned, the construction will start in 2020 and with an opening date planned for 2025.
Visitors would ascend the London viewpoint, which has been designed to look like the petals of a bulbous tulip flower on top of a thin stem, to reach the viewpoint, attractions and an education center. Internal glass slides and spinning gondola pods fixed to the three sides of the facade would provide novel vistas over the city. Sky bridges would run between the observation decks, and the Tulip would have a bar and restaurant with 360-degree views. The design is a kind of hybrid of the rotating pods of the London Eye attraction and the panoramic restaurant that once sat at the top of the BT Tower. Now, tell me, Would you like to see it in London?