Posted on 10 Feb
The tallest building in London will soon be unveiled in the capital's financial district, known as City of London. The skyscraper, 1 Undershaft, will factor in at 1,015 feet above sea level and be surrounded by other towering structures, including 22 Leadenhall Street (734 feet) and 30 St. Mary Axe (590 feet). Designed by London-based firm Eric Parry Architects, 1 Undershaft will boast 73 floors of office space and accommodate approximately 10,000 people. Located directly across the Thames from 1 Undershaft is the Shard skyscraper. Completed in 2013, the Renzo Piano-designed building stands at 1,003 feet, making it the tallest building in London proper and the European Union. Since 1 Undershaft will be constructed on an elevated portion of the city, it will rise more than 12 feet above the Shard, even though the structure itself is about 30 feet shorter. Still, 1 Undershaft will be considered the tallest building in the City of London area. Visitors can look forward to taking in the sweeping vistas from a free viewing area, while a yet-to-be-announced restaurant will cater to those who prefer to enjoy a meal while taking in the scenery. The base of the raised building allows visitors to walk below the massive structure, as well. "1 Undershaft represents the very best of British architecture in a premier location at the heart of London," architect Eric Parry said. A completion date for the building has not been set. Curated from Architectural Digest.