foster + partners have unveiled plans for an iconic new building in London. The Tulip will be a 1,000 ft (300m) visitor attraction towering above the City.

j. safra group, owners of the “Gherkin”, are seeking permission to develop the Tulip as a “public cultural attraction” offering educational programmes and events.

If the development gets the necessary approvals, construction will start in 2020 and complete in 2025.

The building will be equipped with the latest environmental technologies including a zero combustion heating and cooling system.

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The Tulip will include viewing experiences – bridges, internal glass slides and gondola pod rides on the exterior.

Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners said, “Continuing the pioneering design of 30 St Mary Axe, the Tulip is in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward-thinking city. It offers significant benefits to Londoners and visitors as a cultural and social landmark with unmatched educational resources for future generations.”

Jacob J. Safra added, “We are delighted to benefit from the exceptional talent of Foster + Partners in bringing to London this world-class visitor attraction. The Tulip’s elegance and soft strength complements the iconic Gherkin. We are confident in London’s role as a global city and are proud to offer its schoolchildren a state-of-the-art classroom in the sky to appreciate London’s history and dynamism.”

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