Award-winning British architectural design and engineering firm Foster + Partners recently submitted the design concept for construction of a 1,000-foot (304.8 metres) tower in London called “The Tulip”.
The budding "flower" atop the Tulip's stem is designed to be “a new public cultural and tourist attraction”, featuring sprawling viewing galleries, gondola pod rides on the building’s facade, sky bridges, a “pocket park,” and an accessible rooftop garden. Additionally, the potential establishment will boast “a classroom in the sky” to offer 20,000 free places for London’s state school children, according to the company in a statement.
Because Foster + Partners takes a modern and sustainable approach on their projects, the structure of The Tulip is eco-friendly with a “soft bud-like form and minimal building footprint, ...high-performance glass and optimized building systems reducing its energy consumption”. Heating and cooling will be provided by zero combustion technology while integrated photovoltaic cells generate energy on site. Some really high technology high up in London's sky.
Check out more pictures here and read more at The Tulip's website.