Friday, October 27, 2017
ARCHITECTURAL RECORDS: First Look at Bloomberg’s New HQ by Foster + Partners
Bloomberg’s new London headquarters, designed by Foster + Partners, reflects a concern for neighbors, both near and far. It is billed as the world’s most sustainable office building, and “in the twenty-first century, being a good neighbor means being a good steward of the environment,” says Mike Bloomberg. And as a “guest” in the city, being a good neighbor also means making an effort to “fit in,” he notes, which has informed the character of the 1.1 million-square-foot building.
Its 3.2-acre plot lies in the heart of the City of London financial district. Though it was possible to build up to 22 stories on part of the site, Bloomberg opted to conform to the ten-story height limit imposed elsewhere to protect views of St Paul’s Cathedral; in fact, the top two floors are set back so that only eight are visible.
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