The City of London’s Tallest

One may argue I’m being a bit harsh, but of the thousands of buildings designed and proposed by architects each year, only a handful get it right.

Here in The Leadenhall Building, or Cheesegrater if your flippant, or TLB if you’re given to abbreviation, the architect Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (rsh-p), has produced what may become his crowning glory as St Paul’s Cathedral had become to Sir Christopher Wren, whose masterpiece has had a direct design implication on The Leadenhall Building.

 

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The Leadenhall Building’s distinctive tapering design preserves a clear-sky backdrop to St Paul’s Cathedral’s dome when viewed from Fleet Street.

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Canopy covered open space.

Putting aside the statistics readily available on The Leadenhall Buildings website, it is the social and visual impact of this building that will be its ongoing legacy.

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Here you’re delivered to reception.

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Public seating has been provided.

At its base is a seven story high canopied open space (devised into four floors), offering pathways, eateries and respite to travelers. This open area also has the effect of elevating the building, which remains visually tied to the ground by coated steel supports. As you ascend into the fiscal cathedral that is The Leadenhall Building, escalators deliver you to the second floor main entrance lobby where the visual impact continues with the large lobby area and epic steel uprights supporting the tallest building in the City of London’s square mile.

 

 

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An uncluttered reception area with clean lines help to maintain the overall effect of the building’s design.

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The Leadenhall Building towers over its neighbours, love the graphical signage.

The building towers over all that surround it, including the now grade-1 listed Lloyd’s Building by Richard Rogers, of rsh-p, whose visionary design prepared the way for immediate acceptance of what would have been considered too severe a structure if built in 1986.

 

The North Column. A new take on setting the services aside, first piloted in the City by Rogers Lloyds Building.

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Clench and enjoy the ride. The view should keep your mind occupied. Like to see it? click

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With Lloyds of London paving the way rsh-p’s new build shouldn’t find too many objectors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another link to The Lloyd’s Building is the fact that the Leadenhall Building’s lifts, and for the most part toilets and other services, are set apart from office spaces. These are housed in the North Column. This north-facing column runs up the rear of the building allowing the maximization of office floor space, and minimizes interruption due to service maintenance. The lift lobby being encased in glass offers additional views out onto neighboring buildings. Again, like The Lloyd’s Building, the lift walls are constructed of glass and as the velocity impresses you, you’re gifted with breath taking views over London.

 

New views from The Leadenhall Building (the cheese grater) overlooking London.

New views from The Leadenhall Building (the cheese grater) overlooking London.

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From the 47th floor, above the offices, you’re almost too high for the best views.

With the number of new skyscrapers in and around the square mile, The Leadenhall Building has set a new milestone and vision of providing protected areas for the ‘man-in-the-street’, while appeasing ‘financers-in-the-tower’.

 

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The North Column of the (cheesegrater) Leadenhall Building – TLB

Although not taller than The Shard, the view from 30 St Marys Axe, The Gherkin, is impressive.

Although not taller than The Shard, and nowhere near Arqiva Emley Moor Tower transmitting station, which stands 1 mile (1.6 km) tall, The Leadenhall Buildings stands tall.

–       A full set of these images are available @ ribapix.com

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