1000ft Tulip skyscraper to be built in London despite claims it looks like a ‘giant sperm’

THE 1000ft Tulip skyscraper is set to be built in London despite claims that it looks like a “giant sperm”.

The flower-inspired building will be the city’s second tallest skyscraper, just five meters smaller than The Shard, in London Bridge.

The Tulip will be just a few metres shy of The Shard, located in London Bridge
The Tulip will be just a few metres shy of The Shard, located in London Bridge
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The Tulip will be the second tallest tower in London, just a few metres smaller than The Shard

The Tulip gains its name from it’s distinctive shape that mimics the well-known bloom.

A 12-storey glass bud stands on top of a 787ft concrete shaft right next to the Gherkin, with eight floors of viewing platforms.

The structure will feature glass pods on the outside of the building that will allow visitors to hover above the city and take in the views.


When plans for the skyscraper were first revealed, Londoners instantly began to make phallic comparisons.

Sophia Sleigh tweeted: “Looks a bit like a giant sperm to me… #citysperm #tuliptower.”

Adam Harrison added: “Surely Norman Foster’s Tulip would be more accurately called The Bell End? #tuliptower #tulipdildo.”

And Twitter account, The Champion Puffs said: “This looks like a GIANT bloody #DILDO or #ButtPlug FFS!

“It’s looking more and more like #Dubai every year” This is yet another stain on our country’s once iconic skyline! #tuliptower #monstrosity.”

Even during a consultation meeting, one critic said: “Is there a competition for the ugliest skyscraper?”

And in a report from the City of London’s planning committee, 16 people said it was a “poor and unattractive design which adds to the visual clutter of the London skyline (including the phallic nature of the building)”.


But supporting the construction plans, the report said the building shaped like a bud on a 787ft stalk was “very finely balanced”.

And it concluded that the damage to the setting of the World Heritage site would be “less than substantial”.

The company’s founder and executive chair Norman Foster said the building would be a “cultural and social landmark”, according to the BBC.

The planning application is now due to go before the City of London’s Corporation planning committee today for a formal decision.

If the planning committee approves the scheme, Mayor Sadiq Khan will have two weeks to decide whether to agree for construction to begin.

Glass slides and bridges are planned for the interior, as well as interactive displays and talks from experts about the capital’s history on the ‘education floor’.

Around 20,000 free visits for state school children will be offered each year.

A spokesman for the project said: “The Tulip Project welcomes the decision by the City of London’s planning officers to recommend resolution to grant planning permission.”


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The Tulip will have glass pods that will rotate around the glass ‘bud’ section of the building[/caption]

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Visitors will have a 360 degree view of the city[/caption]

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There will be a floor dedicated to the education and history of the city[/caption]

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The flower-inspired building is expected to bring in one million visitors when it opens[/caption]

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