London's About to Get a Tulip-shaped Skyscraper

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The plans call-out private viewing pods aimed at attracting more tourists to the neighborhood.

On April 2, the City Corporation in London approved plans for a new skyscraper in the Financial District. This may not seem like a big deal, but the shape of the new building has the city abuzz.

The design, which was created by British firm Foster + Partners, looks exactly as it’s being described: A massive, steel tulip towering over the city. The tower will stand nearly 1,000 feet off the ground, giving visitors an expansive view of the city below.


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The Tulip won’t stand as tall as the nearby Shard, which stands just over 1,000 feet tall or the yet-to-be-built 1 Undershaft, which will eventually measure in at 997 feet tall. The reason why you’ll find so many buildings peaking around the same height: London has specific guidelines and rules for new skyscraper height to ensure that there’s enough light getting to the airport.


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The tower will be home to restaurants, bars, galleries, and educational facilities, as well as dedicated viewing pods at the very top of the building. There will also be a public rooftop garden spanning two floors on-site, as well as a park for those looking to keep their feet closer to sea level.


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There are no set dates for breaking ground or finishing the project, but CNN Style reports that building could begin as early as 2020 with a projected five-year completion plan from there.