The Swiss Re building throws up a number of questions. The first is that tall buildings are designed on an urban scale. That is why when you get close up you stop seeing them, while from a distance they dominate the skyline, only to later appear suddenly, on turning a corner, from a perspective that belies their true magnitude amongst metropolitan landmarks. This is because a skyscraper is associated with a metropolitan entity in much the same way as a cathedral could not be conceived without associating it with the city that built it. From a Keynesian perspective, it is hard to know if it was the city that built the cathedral or the cathedral that generated the growth of the city itself. Whether chicken or egg, these modern cathedrals follow in the wake of the older versions in terms of financing (and in terms of urban implementation). The omnipresent dome of the Santa Maria de las Flores Cathedral in Florence, which appears around every corner, has exactly the same purpose as the imitation dome suggested by the finish on the Swiss re, sticking out from amongst the other buildings.
Varias imágenes desde distintos ángulos de la torre Swiss Re. Several images from different angles of the Swiss Re tower.