Lloyds Building

1 Lime Street, EC3M 7HA

Lloyds Building, exterior picture

Address:1 Lime Street, EC3M 7HA
Map:See Lloyds Building on a map
Telephone:+44 (0) 20 7327 1000
Nearest Station:Bank

About: The “inside-out” building in the City is so-called because lifts, staircases and much of the piping are on the outside, allowing for more space inside for the employees of this insurance conglomerate. This does mean exposure to the elements however, therefore maintenance and heating bills are high. In any case, this quasi-Brutalist construction by architect Richard Rogers is a spectacular sight for the viewer. The glass atrium and 60-metre high ceiling necessitated 12,000 square metres of glass and eight years to finish; the Lloyds Building was considered to be way ahead of its time when it was first unveiled in 1986. In 2011 it was given Grade I listed status, and has been voted London’s favourite 1980s construction. Visitors can take advantage of guided tours or the annual Open House day.

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