Modern architecture - City of London
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​The City of London is home to some of the world's most striking modern architecture. Probably the most renowned is the Gherkin (30 St Mary Axe), designed by Norman Foster in 2003 and now famous the world over, but there are many other fantastic buildings to see here too. From the City's tallest skyscraper, the Heron Tower, to the iconic Tower 42 (both which have restaurants from which to enjoy fabulous views) architecture fans won't be disappointed - and there are more ambitious structures currently being built. See the listings below for modern buildings you won't want to miss on your visit.

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  1. 10 Gresham St 10 Gresham St
    Winner of the Civic Trust Award 2004, this eight-storey structure extends below ground level bringing daylight down into the basement floors. The architects have heightened this sense of light and space by glazing the lifts and lobbies so as to refract sunlight around the circulation spaces. 24,115m², Foster + Partners, 2003. EC2V 7JD.
  2. 10 Queen Place 10 Queen St Place
    This 80s office building at the north end of Southwark Bridge is home to legal firm SJ Berwin. A double-height entrance lobby and a series of atria allow light deep into the structure while the 2,000m² roof terrace offers spectacular views over the river. Winner of the BCO Award 2006. 207,000m² John Robertson Architects, 2006. EC4R 1BE.
  3. 20 Fenchurch St 20 Fenchurch St
    The 36-floor ‘walkie talkie’, as it has been dubbed, features two sky gardens, one with botanical gardens and a 360 degree panorama. The top-heavy building is said to have been designed partly to cash in on the higher rents commanded by top floors. 64,000m²/155m, Rafael Viñoly, (expected) 2014. EC3P 3DP
  4. 20 Gracechurch St 20 Gracechurch St
    A former home of Barclays Bank, this prominent 30s-inspired building on the corner of two City streets rises up in distinctive curves, with a tall central tower. Refurbishment in 2009 by ORMS saw the addition of a four-storey stone facade, courtyard and retail space. 25,207m², GMW architects, 1992. EC3P 3AH.
  5. 20 Gresham St 20 Gresham St
    This new building stands in a prime City location opposite the Guildhall and features a dramatic double height space lobby with a sculpted travertine wall and an imposing curved facade. 32,000m², Kohn Pedersen Fox, 2008. EC2V 7JE.
  6. Gherkin 30 St Mary Axe/Gherkin
    The distinctive ‘gherkin’ has become a landmark of the London skyline winning the Stirling Prize and London Region Award, RIBA 2004. Its unusual shape contrasts with the vertical lines of nearby towers though, surprisingly, it has only one piece of curved glass - the lens at the top. 2,000m²/180m, Foster + Partners, 2004. EC3A 8BF.
  7. 88 Wood St 88 Wood St
    This 2000 RIBA award winner is the second Richard Rogers building in the City. Echoing his 1970s collaboration, Paris' Pompidou Centre, it is notable for its bright yellow pipes and exterior lift shafts. 33,000m², Richard Rogers Partnership, 1998. EC2V 7DA.
  8. Barbican complex - High Tower Barbican Complex
    Built on Blitz ruins, this Grade II listed complex is now recognised as a modern classic of brutalist architecture. A paean to ‘utopian living’, mixed towers and terrace blocks, many raised on columns, overlook lakes and lawns and a maze of highwalks. 160,000 m2/123m, Chamberlin Powell and Bon, 1965-1976. EC2Y 8DS
  9. Broadgate Towers Broadgate Tower and 201 Bishopsgate
    The 35 floors of Broadgate Tower, whose structural A-frames are visible along the stainless steel and glass façades, contrasts sharply with the smaller and more fluidly shaped 201 Bishopsgate. Between the two is a covered sky-lit retail galleria. 76,000m²/165m, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 2008. EC2M 3AB.
  10. City Information Centre City Information Centre
    This low, sharp building has a strong visual character unlike anything else in the City. Its form evolved from analysis of pedestrian flows across the site at the north end of Millennium Bridge. Winner of 2009 RIBA Award for Architectural Excellence. 140m², Make, 2007. EC4M 8BX.
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