Sometimes known as the inside out building. The Lloyds Building is the home of the historic insurance institution in Lime Street London. Constructed only 25 years ago the building received Grade 1 listing on 2011 and was designed by Architectural company Richard Rodgers and Partners.
Tim visited Lloyds building for the first time as a teenager with his Dad when he was helping complete a photographic architectural survey of the City of London. He was amazed by its structure and ‘hi-tech’ design, such a contrast to the surrounding classical and at the time the other post war drab and banal architecture. It stood out at the time as a nostalgic memory of a shared experience with his father.
“A distinctive piece of ‘Hi-tech’ 1980’s modernism architecture located in the heart of the City of London. It is now somewhat dwarfed by some later built neighbouring buildings. Sometimes known as the ‘Inside-Out Building’ designed by the architectural practice Richard Rogers & Partners (now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) continued their radical approach to architectural design, previously seen in Paris when they created the Pompidou Centre, by having a building with the majority of it’s services located on the outside of the building e.g. ducting etc. and using modular system of components connected to the reinforced concrete and steel sub-structure. Thus allowing to free up internal space for flexible workspaces. Other stand out exterior characteristics of the building include the blue coloured maintenance cranes on each of the three service towers; glass elevators/lifts that run up and down to the outside of building and the curved stainless steel modular staircases. The primary use of the building is used for insurance brokering, but it’s image has been used from music album covers to locations for film and television productions (19 to date)”.