London City Hall

I returned recently from one of my travels, where I had the chance to visit London this time. The city presents an eclectic association of classic and modern architecture. An example of the later is the well famous London City Hall.

The City Hall is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority which comprises the Mayor of London and London Assembly. It is located in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. It was designed by Norman Foster and opened in July 2002, two years after the Greater London Authority was created.
The building has an unusual, bulbous shape, intended to reduce its surface area and thus improve energy efficiency. It has been compared variously to Darth Vader's helmet, a misshapen egg, a woodlouse and a motorcycle helmet.
Next to City Hall is a sunken amphitheatre called The Scoop, which is used in the summer months for open-air performances; it is not, however, part of the GLA's jurisdiction. The Scoop and surrounding landscape were designed by Townshend Landscape Architects.

The photo depicted here shows a storm forming in the sky above the City Hall and the London Bridge. HDR and an adequate tonemapping was used to capture the mood on that afternoon. Few minutes after taking this shot we were presented with a unique thunderstorm and lighting spectacle.