London will be adding a new tower to its gorgeous skyline.

The ‘Tulip’, a 1,000-foot-tall tower that will come in as the city’s tallest skyscraper, will join landmarks such as the ‘Gherkin’, the ‘Cheese Grater’, and the ‘Walkie Talkie’. It will feature internal
glass slides as well as gondola pod rides to appeal to tourists.

The tower will solely serve as a visitor attraction, similar to ‘The Shard’ and the ‘London Eye’, and will not offer any office space.

Architecture firm Foster + Partners, who is behind the ‘Tulip’, said it wants the flower-like building to complement the ‘Gherkin’—also designed by the company.

Norman Foster, the founder and executive chairman of Foster + Partners, explained, “Continuing the pioneering design of 30 St Mary Axe, the ‘Tulip’ is in the spirit of London as a progressive, forward thinking city. It offers significant benefits to Londoners and visitors as a cultural and social landmark with unmatched educational resources for future generations.”

Jacob J. Safra, whose company is funding the project, commented, “We are delighted to benefit from the exceptional talent of Foster + Partners in bringing to London this world-class visitor attraction. The ‘Tulip’s’ elegance and soft strength complements the iconic ‘Gherkin’. We are confident in London’s role as a global city and are proud to offer its schoolchildren a state-of-the-art classroom in the sky to appreciate London’s history and dynamism.”

The project will begin construction in 2020 and aims for completion in 2025.

The design for the London skyscraper has, however, been likened to a sperm by some social media users. One Twitter user commented, “Looking forward to absolutely no one referring to the sperm as the ‘Tulip’,” while another cheekily mistook the plan as wanting to “build [a] 1000 ft ‘Butt Plug’.”

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[via The Tulip, opening image via The Tulip]

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