Just When You Thought Building Nicknames Couldn't Get Any Odder

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By M@ Last edited 110 months ago
Just When You Thought Building Nicknames Couldn't Get Any Odder

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It’s hard to get excited about yet another new tower proposal approved by the City of London—especially when we read that construction won’t start until 2013. Yawn, yawn and thrice yawn.

But then we learn that the curvy edifice planned for 60–70 St. Mary Axe carries the nickname ‘Can of Ham’, thanks to its (vague) resemblance to a tin of Spam (other reconstituted pig products are available).

The 24-storey Can of Ham joins the Cheesegrater and Gherkin in an east City skyline increasingly based on a Famous Five picnic. All that’s missing is the ginger beer.

Last Updated 11 December 2008

cobo04

As soon as I saw the shape, a tin of the ham usually seen this time of year came to mind. then I read the words and, well, seems there are others with similar minds !!

As for ginger beer, not seen any bottle shaped building about, but then there are others at the design stage, so just wait a while and see, you never know what some designer will come up with.