Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London

Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Lloyd's of London Headquarters in London, England
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
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Lloyd's of London Headquarters

One Lime Street, London, England, The City EC3
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Somewhere between art deco and Blade Runner, the Lloyd’s of London Headquarters is a surprisingly risky design for an insurance company. Many marvel at its shimmering steel and glittering glass. Others consider it a monstrosity imposing itself on the heart of London’s financial district. It has been successfully compared to a building turned inside out with ductwork and services on the outside instead of neatly concealed behind a uniform structure. Industrial dreck, or post-modern masterpiece, it is at least a building that gets noticed. While the six towers are most noticed by tourists, the main focus of the building is part that few actually see -- the internal atrium. This is the hub around which all activity turns on a series of galleries. Building facilities like rest rooms, kitchens, elevators, etc… are placed on the outside of the building where they won’t get in the way of the work of business. More importantly, being easily accessible from the outside means they can be upgraded or replaced with a minimum of hassle and without impacting usable office space.

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    >There is a bell from the ship La Lutine in the Underwriting Rooms. It is rung to announce general news; once for bad news, twice for good news.
    >The "inside out" design seemed like a good idea at first, but within 18 months, the building was suffering from corosion and £12,000,000.00 was spent to make repairs.
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There are 11 comments.

  I totally agree with Fernando, it's hideous, incongruous with the buildings around it, looks incomplete and like a drill or oil refinery dropped into one of the world's most beatiful cities. It's the architecutural equivalent of 1980's mullet haircut, heavy metal album cover or 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and only the deluded and intellectually apsirational can't see it for what it is - an increasingly tired joke on you and those who paid for it.

Jonny - Friday, August 16th, 2013 @ 11:33am  

  Very unique and artistic.

Felicia Allen - Monday, May 18th, 2009 @ 6:02pm  

  Richard Rogers gives so much to our world... and this is one of his most beautyful presents!

sherry - Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 @ 2:45pm  

  One of the most beautiful building in the world. Would love to visit one day.

Manash Rajbaruah - Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 @ 3:11am  

  A petrol facility emerging just in the middle of a reasonably beautiful old european city town centre. Could be understood as putting Chernobyl in downtown Prague. Intelectually snobbish, too.

fernando - Saturday, December 8th, 2007 @ 1:06am  

  Actually, Jamie, the Centre Pompidou came before the lloyds building. And is a more fitting example of Richard Rogers style of work. And as of high tech, there are more impressive high tech achievements in architecture history than this building...

Nick - Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 @ 10:52am  

  A fine example of modern architecture

Andreas - Thursday, July 5th, 2007 @ 4:58am  

  Amazing architecture and is differnet so great!!!

Adam Crawley - Monday, February 19th, 2007 @ 5:01pm  

  This is a great building. That's it.

Mike - Monday, April 24th, 2006 @ 10:20pm  

  The finest example of high tec architecture in the world to date. You have to see it in the flesh to understand it's beauty. It works due to the fact it contrasts with everything.

Jamie - Thursday, June 9th, 2005 @ 11:36am  

  Awesome! I have been to Lloyd's of London and this building is amazing. Much like its workers who treated me like family!

ashley - Monday, February 21st, 2005 @ 9:42pm  

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