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City Hall, London
City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority which comprises the Mayor of London and London Assembly. It is located in Southwark, stands on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. Designed by Norman Foster, it opened in July 2002.

The building has an unusual bulbous shape, intended to reduce its surface area and thus improve energy efficiency. It has been compared variously to Darth Vader’s helmet, a misshapen egg, a human scrotum, a woodlouse or a motorcycle helmet. Former mayor Ken Livingstone referred to it as a “glass testicle”. The new mayor, Boris Johnson, has referred to it more politely as ‘The Onion’. Its designers reportedly saw the building as a giant sphere hanging over the Thames, but opted for a more conventionally rooted building instead. It has no front or back on conventional terms but derives its shape from a modified sphere.

City Hall forms part of a larger development called More London, including offices and shops. Next to City Hall is a sunken amphitheatre called The Scoop, which is used in the summer months for open-air performances. The Scoop and surrounding landscape were designed by Townshend Landscape Architects.

A 500-metre (1,640 ft) helical walkway ascends the full height of the building. At the top of the ten-story building is an exhibition and meeting space called “London’s Living Room”, with an open viewing deck which is occasionally open to the public. The walkway provides views of the interior of the building, and is intended to symbolise transparency.

Comments

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...almost 6 years ago

    Looks so very futuristic Tony great shot.x

  • Thanks Catherine!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Polly x
    Polly xalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent work, love the central focus in the frame and the colour effects of the edit on surrounding areas x

  • Thanks P
                                            *_:)_* Tony. x

    – A90Six

  • Squealia
    Squealiaalmost 6 years ago

    Um modeled on the leaning tower of Pisa?? Only a joke! Great shot.

  • Thanks Celia!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, very impressive Tony.

  • Thanks Tenia!
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    – A90Six

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansalmost 6 years ago

    Brilliant image and effects.

  • Thanks Lyn!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • andreisky
    andreiskyalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent

  • Thanks Andrei!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 6 years ago

    Wow!! gorgeous shot. Thanks for the info on this building too – have seen the building but didn’t know the history. Great work.

  • Thanks Wendi!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • studioboganne
    studiobogannealmost 6 years ago

    I’ll probably get in trouble from the National Trust for saying this, but there are a number of decaying old buildings in Sydney (AU) that would benefit from being knocked down and replaced by an inspiring building for the new millenium like this one. A really interesting building and a fantastic HDR !! :)

  • Thanks Peter! I hope the NT haven’t come around knocking on your door in the early hours!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

  • Milan Hartney
    Milan Hartneyalmost 6 years ago

    Cool! Unusual architecture!!!

  • Thanks Skill!
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    – A90Six

  • Colleen Milburn
    Colleen Milburnalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, beautiful work, Tony – love the differing opinions of what this looks like in your written piece!! heheh

  • Thanks Colleen!
                                            *_:)_* Tony.

    – A90Six

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