Lloyd's Building, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 1986.
|:||Looking south west across Aviva Plaza on St. Mary Axe to Fenchurch Street, with the Leadenhall building on the right. Lloyd's Building, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 1986.|
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|:||Lloyd's Building, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 1986.|
|:||Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners|
|:||Corporate And Commercial|
|:||The Lloyd's building is 88 metres to the roof, with 14 floors. On top of each service core stand the cleaning cranes, increasing the overall height to 95.10 metres. Modular in plan, each floor can be altered by addition or removal of partitions and walls. The building consists of three main towers and three service towers around a central, rectangular space. It is said by Historic England to be "universally recognised as one of the key buildings of the modern epoch". The building is a leading example of radical Bowellism architecture in which the services for the building, such as ducts and lifts, are located on the exterior to maximise space in the interior. Like the Pompidou Centre in Paris (designed by Renzo Piano and Rogers), the building was innovative in having its services such as staircases, lifts, ductwork, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving an uncluttered space inside. The 12 glass lifts were the first of their kind in the United Kingdom. The building was highly influenced by the work of Archigram in the 1950s and 1960s. In July 2013 it was sold to the Chinese company Ping An Insurance for £260 million. Grade 1 listed.|
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