The Gherkin (London)
I’m an old-fashioned gal. I don’t appreciate much modern art (sorry, but I just don’t understand it) nor do I like modern ugly apartment buildings. I think that castles and palaces of bygone eras showed more our engineering and artistic abilities than any modern-day skyscrapers. I might be wrong but who would say that some modern-day church is more beautiful than St.Peter’s basilica in Vatican? (apologies to all architects out there, this is simply my ignorant opinion). I appreciate Art Nouveau style and Art Deco and that’s as modern as I get.
But there are a few contemporary architecture gems that I really like. What a surprise one of them is in London. Of course, it’s the Gherkin. That’s just its informal name by which it’s widely known but its actual name is the name of the street where it is: 30 St Mary Axe. It’s in the financial heart of London known as the City Of London. It was opened in 2004 and it’s 180m tall. It’s not the tallest building in London but it’s definitely one of the most interesting ones. During my first visit to London back in 2006 my BFF and me wandered around the City of London because we wanted to see the famous Llyod’s building. It’s really fascinating but in the end I liked better the Gherkin:)
What can I say? The Romans would say: De gustibus non disputandum est or in English In matters of taste, there can be no disputes or more known as There is no accounting for taste (that’s just me showing off my Latin language knowledge). One of the reasons I love London so much is this mix of the old and the new. So, after all I might not be as traditional or old-fashioned as I believe I am. But maybe London is just an exception to the rule 🙂
What’s your favourite modern building in London or in the world?