30 St Mary Axe
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Nick name The Crystal Phallus . Alternative The ( f e r t i l i z e d ) Seed.
Mainly know as the Gurkin
Looking south down Bishopgate,
Due to the current building's somewhat phallic or a fertilization of
a seed .
planning guidance requires that new buildings do not obstruct or detract from the view of St Paul's dome
when viewed from a number of locations around London Populary know as a Gurkin.
The building was constructed by Skanska, completed in 2004 and opened
on 28 April 2004.In December 2005,
the building was voted the most admired new building in the world, in a survey of the world's largest firms of architects,
as published in 2006 BD World Architecture 200.
In September 2006, the building was put up for sale with a price tag of GB£600 million.
Potential buyers included British Land, Land Securities, Prudential, ING and the Abu Dhabi royal family