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  • Posted Jan. 12, 2010 by Riaz in Architecture. Viewed 3719 times

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City Hall in London is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority and the Mayor of London. It stands on the south bank of the River Thames, in the More London development by Tower Bridge. Designed by Norman Foster it opened in July 2002.

The building has an unusual bulbous shape, intended to reduce the building's surface area and thus improve energy efficiency. It has been compared variously to Darth Vader's helmet, a misshapen egg, a woodlouse or a motorcycle helmet.Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone referred to it as a “glass testicle”. Its designers reportedly saw the building as a giant sphere hanging over the Thames, but opted for a more conventionally rooted building instead. The building has no front or back on conventional terms but derives its shape from a modified sphere.

Boris is the Current London Mayor

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    • # Crisu

      very nice photo, i've seen you've upgraded from d80? how is the d90 comparing with the d80?

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    • # Gillian

      I've always wondered what this building was - I saw it from Tower Bridge when I visited a few weeks ago. I like the shape and architecture of it.

      2010.01.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lys

      Nice shot and amazing building!
      Comprehensive information, thanks for sharing.
      Norman Foster's architecture really like is different and avant-garde.
      Hugs Riyaz

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    • # Livelovelaugh

      What an amazing looking building. It looks just like all those things you described. lol Must be so interesting on the inside. Btw, your shot is brilliant! Awesome glow and sky. :)

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    • # Aparna G

      Nice picture, post
      yes I too noticed light around the building....gives a halo effect,
      perhaps from all the reflective glasses...no?

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    • # Tracylynn Seeger

      I haven't been to London since this went up, it's quite unique! Is this a composite photo? There seems to be a sort of halo around the building.

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    • # Carol

      W>>>when did they start building it? It is unique ! ! !
      When I lived in Newmarket we went to London many times...I loved every visit and I actually saw the Queen....It was one of the highlights of my life ! Thank you for sharing this photo ! ! ! !

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