The Gherkin

The Gherkin

This office building, officially called 30 St Mary’s Axe, was designed by Sir Norman Foster in 2004. The wraparound, blue-glass structure opened to some controversy due to its unusual shape (designed to avoid wind turbulence caused by its 590-foot-tall height). Londoners thought it looked like an oversized pickle, and the derogatory nickname stuck. 

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