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30 St Mary Axe

Walking through the emblematic streets of the City of London, 30 St Mary Axe, better known as the ‘Gherkin’, doesn’t go unnoticed. Cameras of tourists snap perpetually, not wanting to miss a photograph of one of the capital’s most iconic buildings. Despite neighbouring skyscrapers such as the ‘Cheesegrater’ and ‘Walkie-Talkie’, the Gherkin has managed to transform the urban landscape of the City, becoming a perfectly recognisable symbol thanks to its peculiar shape.

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Gas holders: iconic structures under threat but thriving in London’s King’s Cross

If you’re familiar with London, chances are you’re familiar with gas holders. You might not know exactly what a gasholder is, but you’ve probably walked by one more than once, without stopping to think what it could be. The thing is, gasholders – also known as gasometres – are iconic to London and are cemented with history. Their huge hollow telescopic metal structure is now what remains from a time when they encased vast containers that did as the name suggests: stored large volumes of gas, usually from a nearby gasworks.

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The New Tate Modern: a Truly 21st Century Gallery

SEEN was fascinated to have the opportunity of exploring this iconic addition to the world-famous Tate Gallery. We were pleased to note the huge open spaces and the way the spiral staircase flowed up and down, almost making the movement of visitors an artwork in itself. We were powerfully reminded of Carsten Höller’s playful slide that connected the floors leading into the Turbine Hall, a few years ago.

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Playing ‘Jenga’ at the Barbican

Who would have thought that when I was a boy and I used to play ‘Jenga’, that it would one day be possible to build a timber skyscraper in the same manner? The fact is that years have passed, and the technology has been developed to do just that.

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Nova, Victoria

Their masterplan and designs for three new commercial buildings with retail space will regenerate the island site to the north of Victoria Station and will contribute to the transformation of one of the capital’s most important gateways, encouraging the 115 million people who use the station each year to engage with this part of the West End.

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Thank you Madame Zaha Hadid

Hadid was born in Baghdad (Iraq) in 1950. After obtaining a Mathematics degree at the American University, Beirut, she moved to London in 1971 to study architecture at the Architectural Association, where she graduated in 1977. She began her own practice in London in 1980 and, in 1983, her Peak Project was the winning design in a prestigious Hong Kong competition to build a private club, located in the hills of Kowloon.