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City Hall London
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City Hall London on the south bank of the Thames near London Bridge, has been variously compared to Darth Vadar's helmet, a misshapen egg, a woodlouse, and a motorcycle helmet, along with some other even less flattering names. It was designed by Norman Foster and opened in July 2002. The building has an unusual, bulbous shape, purportedly intended to reduce its surface area and thus improve energy efficiency, although energy use measurements have shown this building to be fairly inefficient in terms of energy use, with a 2012 Display Energy Perforance Certificate rating of "D". A 500-metre (1,640 ft) helical walkway, reminiscent of that in New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ascends the full height of the building on the inside. The walkway provides views of the interior of the building, and is intended to symbolise transparency; a similar device was used by Foster in his design for the rebuilt Reichstag (parliament) in Berlin Germany.
FEATURED PHOTO, All Things Reflective group, 12/5/12
May 21st, 2012
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