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The Gherkin: How London’s Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon (Part 3)

00:00 - 19 November, 2013
The Gherkin: How London’s Famous Tower Leveraged Risk and Became an Icon (Part 3), Courtesy of Jonathan Massey & Andrew Weigand
Courtesy of Jonathan Massey & Andrew Weigand

This four part series (originally published on Aggregate’s website) examines the Gherkin, the London office tower designed by Foster + Partners, showing how the urban icon engaged and leveraged perceptions of risk. In part one, author Jonathan Massey introduced the concept of "risk design” to describe how the Gherkin’s design managed the risks posed by climate change, terrorism, and globalization. In part two, Massey examined the building’s treatment of climate risk. In part three, below, he explains how the Gherkin redesigned the risk imaginary associated with terrorism.

Mornings the Zamboni scrubs the plaza. Moving across the pavement in parallel lines connected by tight turns, the sweeper cleans the stone of cigarette butts and spilled food and beer left the night before by the underwriters and bankers who patronize the bar and shops in the building’s perimeter arcade as well as the adjacent restaurant that in fair weather sets up outdoor tables and chairs.

By pulling away from its irregular property lines, the tower achieves almost perfect formal autonomy from its context. The gap between the circular tower base and trapezoidal site boundaries forms a privately owned public space, a civic and commercial amenity in this densely built part of the City. 

House in Tsurumaki / Case-Real

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
House in Tsurumaki / Case-Real, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tokyo, Japan
  • Architect in Charge

    Koichi Futatusmata, Yasushi Arikawa
  • Structural Engineer

    Hirofumi Ohno(Ohno Japan)
  • Construction

    Yoshida Building Firm
  • Lighting Plan

    Tatsuki Nakamura
  • Area

    61.2 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +26

Transformation d'un Atelier en Loft / NZI Architectes

01:00 - 19 November, 2013
Transformation d'un Atelier en Loft / NZI Architectes, © Juane Sepulveda
© Juane Sepulveda

© Juane Sepulveda © Juane Sepulveda © Juane Sepulveda © Juane Sepulveda +12

Atrium Amras / Zechner & Zechner

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
Atrium Amras / Zechner & Zechner, © Thilo Härdtlein
© Thilo Härdtlein

© Thilo Härdtlein © Thilo Härdtlein © Thilo Härdtlein © Thilo Härdtlein +36

Blu Creativity / Facet Studio

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
© Andrew Chung
© Andrew Chung
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sydney NSW, Australia
  • Design Team

    Yoshihito Kashiwagi, Olivia Shih, Yoko Makino, Brandon Chin
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung © Andrew Chung +9

Clocher / FABRE/deMARIEN Architects

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
Clocher / FABRE/deMARIEN Architects, © Stéphane Chalmeau
© Stéphane Chalmeau

© Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau © Stéphane Chalmeau +42

Huaxin Business Center / Scenic Architecture

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
Huaxin Business Center / Scenic Architecture, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang
  • Architects

  • Location

    Guilin Road, Tianlin, Xuhui, China, 200233
  • Design Team

    Zhu Xiaofeng(Design Principal), Ding Penghua(Project Designer), CaiMian, Yang Hong, Li Haoran, Du Shigang
  • Area

    730.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang © Su Shengliang +13

Cliff Hanger / Björn Gross & Josef Wideström

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
Cliff Hanger / Björn Gross & Josef Wideström, © Krister Engström
© Krister Engström
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lerum, Sweden
  • Architects

    Björn Gross, Josef Wideström
  • Area

    300.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

© Krister Engström © Krister Engström © Krister Engström © Krister Engström +14

“Immersive Bowl-Shaped Structure” Proposed to be High Line’s Final Gateway

00:00 - 18 November, 2013
“Immersive Bowl-Shaped Structure” Proposed to be High Line’s Final Gateway, ©  James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, courtesy of the City of New York
© James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, courtesy of the City of New York

Friends of the High Line, along side James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro, have unveiled what could possibly be the gateway into the third and final stretch of New York’s most prized parkway. Planned to mark the northeast terminus of the High Line at Rail Yards on 10th Avenue at West 30th Street, the “immersive bowl-shaped structure,” known as “The Spur,” hopes to bring a pocket of New York’s lush woodlands to the heart of the city. 

Esterházy Etyeki Kúria Winery / BORD Architectural Studio

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
© Tamás Bujnovszky
© Tamás Bujnovszky

© Duong Li Eszter © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky © Tamás Bujnovszky +51

Origami / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
Origami / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, © Vincent Fillon
© Vincent Fillon
  • Architects

  • Location

    41 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France
  • Architect in Charge

    Manuelle Gautrand
  • Architect Project Manager

    Yves Tougard
  • Structure

    Khephren
  • Area

    5800.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon © Vincent Fillon +19

Zaha Hadid’s 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadium Unveiled

00:00 - 18 November, 2013
Zaha Hadid’s 2022 Qatar World Cup Stadium Unveiled, Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA

New details have emerged on Zaha Hadid Architects and AECOM’s 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium in Qatar. Scheduled to begin construction in late 2014, the 40,000-seat venue pulls inspiration from a local fishing boat - the Arabian dhow - to influence its overall design. 

United Therapeutics Field House / Frank Harmon Architect

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
© Richard Leo Johnson
© Richard Leo Johnson

© Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson © Richard Leo Johnson +9

Summer House / Khachaturian Architects

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
Summer House / Khachaturian Architects, © Artur Khachaturian
© Artur Khachaturian
  • Architects

  • Location

    Moscow, Russia
  • Project Architects

    Artur Khachaturian, Gianna Hovhannisyan
  • Structural Engineering

    Viktor Grigoryan
  • Area

    136.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Artur Khachaturian © Artur Khachaturian © Artur Khachaturian © Artur Khachaturian +21

Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Art Gallery / FJMT + Archimedia

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
Toi o Tāmaki Auckland Art Gallery / FJMT + Archimedia, © John Gollings
© John Gollings

© Patrick Reynolds © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings +14

Ardmore Residence / UNStudio

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
Ardmore Residence / UNStudio, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
  • Architects

  • Location

    Singapore
  • Design Team

    Ben van Berkel, Wouter de Jonge and Holger Hoffmann, Imola Berczi, Christian Bergmann, Aurelie Hsiao, Juergen Heinzel, Derrick Diporedjo, Nanang Santoso, Joerg Petri, Kristin Sandner, Katrin Zauner, Arne Nielsen
  • Interior design show suite

    Terry Hunziker
  • Structure

    Webstructures
  • Mechanical & Electrical Consulting Engineers

    J Roger Preston, Singapore
  • Façade

    Ove Arup
  • Area

    5625.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan © Iwan Baan +15

De Burgemeester / Studioninedots

01:00 - 18 November, 2013
© Peter Cuypers
© Peter Cuypers
  • Architects

  • Location

    Burgemeester Pabstlaan, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl.
  • Project Team

    Max Meijer, Eliano Felício, Chun Leung.
  • Area

    4700.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers +27

ArchitectureBoston's Latest Issue Tackles Coastal Vulnerability

00:00 - 18 November, 2013
ArchitectureBoston's Latest Issue Tackles Coastal Vulnerability, Courtesy of ArchitectureBoston, Boston Society of Architects
Courtesy of ArchitectureBoston, Boston Society of Architects

The new issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine, Coast, focuses on the thin border of continental crust that is home to 45 percent of the world’s population. The issue examines how architects and urban planners can mitigate or accommodate sea-level rise and storm surges associated with climate change. Coast promotes debate and offers answers and opportunities surrounding a problem that will inevitably affect most of the world’s urban residents in years to come.