Building the Gherkin Trailer

Building the Gherkin Trailer (2005)

"Can a single building impact the career of an architect, the image of a global company and even the skyline of a big city?" 10 May 2005 Factual 89 mins

Can a single building impact the career of an architect, the image of a global company and even the skyline of a big city? Just a month and a day after the disastrous attack on the World Trade Center in New York, the first steel beam of a new tower is erected in London. One question is on everybody’s mind: is it the right decision to build a new iconic tower in the midst of London’s financial district, on a site that has already been bombed before? The 40-storey steel and glass tower sparks further controversy. Norman Foster, one of Britain’s most visionary architects, calls his design for the new Swiss Re London headquarters ‘radial – socially, technically, architecturally and spatially’. In fact, its size and shape are so radical that it is almost immediately nicknamed ‘the erotic gherkin’. Will the Gherkin become the landmark they all dream of?

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Norman Foster

as Himself

Picardi Carla

as Herself

John Coomber

as Himself

Forrester John

as Himself

Scott Paul

as Himself

Fox Sara

as Herself


Fred Rotkopf

Fred Rotkopf Camera Operator

Mirjam von Arx

Mirjam von Arx Executive Producer

Patrick M. Müller

Patrick M. Müller Executive Producer

Eddie Bannerman

Eddie Bannerman Sound Engineer

Eric Arnaud

Eric Arnaud Sound Engineer

Diego Baldenweg

Original Music Composer

International Releases Dates

Germany 10 May 2005

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