June 10, 2003
The Swiss Re Tower

The Swiss Re tower in London City (also known among locals as ''The Gherkin'') is nearing completion. I think this is a really cool skyscraper, and walked over to shoot a few snaps of it:

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Very interesting shots! I especially like the middle shot in the bottom row, the way the tower is framed against the tree and other building.

Posted by: Dan on June 10, 2003 02:46 AM

Are you kidding me? this is a real building? definitely made me giggle.

when do they attach the fins before blasting off?


Posted by: Anita Rowland on June 10, 2003 03:57 AM

"The Gherkin," of course, is a most endearing nickname. I have to say though that it puts me in mind of something else. "The Jewelled Bomb," perhaps, or "The Weapons-Grade Suppository."

Posted by: Brad on June 10, 2003 04:22 AM

Thanks for all the positive feedback! :-)

Some more info on The Gherkin (apparently also nicknamed "The Erotic Gherkin" (!)) and its designer, Lord Foster, can be found here:

Posted by: Anders on June 10, 2003 11:01 PM

What a beautiful church, but what the f%$k is that in the background :)

Posted by: Richard Giles on June 12, 2003 03:27 PM

Just thought I'd let you know that on searching for 'swiss re tower' in google this site comes up first. Thats pretty cool.
here are some usful links I found while searching for info about it:


Well they helped me anyway.

Posted by: Steve Roberts on September 6, 2003 05:24 PM

Best thing to be built in london in 50 years.
Good of the bombers to clear the way for it

Posted by: nick bristow on September 28, 2003 10:38 AM

The Gherkin might not be the tallest skyscraper in Europe (Frankfurts Commerz Bank probably takes the prize), but it is definetely the most spectacular.
What a wonderful skyline you could have with a number of Gherkins :-)


Posted by: Simon Laub on October 15, 2003 03:20 PM

I am doing a project at uni about the gherkin. If anyone has any further information , or opinions, positive or negative I'd love to hear from them.

Posted by: Aja Lawrence on October 8, 2004 07:31 PM
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