In the wake of its workshops on design and architecture to help parents keep children busy during the lockdown, Foster and Partners inow have a new child-friendly project, which recounts the adventures of "The Gherkin," the nickname given to the firm's famous skyscraper at 30 St Mary Axe in the City of London.
What do buildings get up to when we are not around? It appears that "The Gherkin," the immediately recognizable skyscraper, which was built in the City of London in the 2000s, likes to fly around and visit other buildings that are its friends in cities all over the world. This is what Foster and Partners, the architecture firm behind the famous glass building, have affirmed in two new children's stories about the skyscraper.
At a time when London has been emptied of its inhabitants, the skyscraper decides to go on vacation to visit colleagues abroad in the first of the two tales. In the second, it travels to France to drop in on the Millau Viaduct, another Foster and Partners creation.
"This engaging tale promises to entertain and educate young minds in equal measure," points out Foster and Partners. Developed within the framework of the #architecturefromhome initiative, the charming stories were written by Mrinal Rammohan, designed by Sam Strudwick and illustrated by Catarina Rao.
In humanizing its buildings, Foster and Partners is hoping to make them more accessible and memorable for children, who will be able to recognize them and may want to find out more about their "unique characteristics the next time they see the buildings in real life."
Dezeen reports that two more stories about "The Flying Gherkin" are currently in preparation and will be published shortly.
In the run-up to this latest initiative, the architecture studio published a series of ten workshops, including one on how to make your own paper skyscraper and another on building your own paper hometown.
The two "Flying Gherkin" stories can be found on the architectural studio's website: https://bit.ly/3hPExqx