The Tulip proposed by J. Safra Group and Foster + Partners aims to enrich London’s Culture Mile. Planned alongside the iconic Gherkin, The Tulip will further extend the site’s public realm with a publicly accessible rooftop garden. The structure’s bud-life shape will have a minimal building footprint reflecting a reduced use of resources while high performance glass and optimized building systems will reduce energy consumption. The building will feature integrated photovoltaic cells to generate energy while heating and cooling will be provided by zero combustion technology.
Soaring at a height of 305.3 meters, The Tulip will offer unparalleled views of the city as well as a unique visitor experience. Viewing galleries will be enhanced with sky bridges, internal glass slides and gondola pod rides. Expert guides will also be available to provide visitors with interactive information on the city’s rich history. A sky bar and restaurant with 360° views of London complete the visitor experience.
However, one of the main features of the building will be a state-of-the-art educational facility that offers 20,000 free places annually to London’s state school children. Educational resources provided by J. Safra Group will deliver national curriculum topics whilst using innovative tools to bring to life the city’s history and dynamism while at the same time inspiring the young creative minds of the future.