LONDON ARCHITECTURE GUIDE

Baker Street

55 Baker Street

Make Architects

2008

Mixed-use

Transit:  Baker Street Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

Atriums and glass facades infill three voids with retail, cafes and restaurants.  The existing seven-storey building is residential.

International Terminal Waterloo Station

Waterloo Station

Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners

1993

Rail station

Transit:  Waterloo Station

Access:  Open

 

www.networkrail.co.uk/aspx/959.aspx

 

Designed to respond to the site, the western glazing allows arriving passengers views of Westminster, arrivals and departures are on separate levels for easy of movement.

Lloyd's of London

1 Lime Street

Richard Rogers Partnership

1986

Office Building

Transit:  Monument Station

Access:  Limited

 

www.lloyds.com

 

The innovative design moved all the stairs, glass elevators, electrical and plumbing services to the exterior allowing the interior to be uncluttered.

Swiss Re Tower

(the Gherkin)

30 St. Mary Axe

Foster & Partners

2004

Headquarters

Transit:  Aldgate Station

Access:  Limited

 

Photo by Architect

 

www.fosterandpartners.com/projects/swiss-re-headquarters-30-st-mary-axe/

 

The building form slims at the ground to maximize the public realm, its form also appears more slender from its unconventional form.

 

London Aquatics Centre

Olympic Park

Zaha Hadid

2012

Swimming Pool

Transit:  Stratford International Station

Access:  Limited

 

www.london2012.com/venue/aquatics-centre/

 

Inspired by the fluidity and movement of water.  Located within the Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympics to accommodate 17,500 spectators.

Millennium Bridge (Footbridge)

Bankside (South side)

Arup, Foster and Partners, Sir Anthony Caro

2000

Bridge

Transit:  Mansion House Station

Access:  Open

 

www.londonmillenniumbridge.com

 

Winning competition due to the very shallow profile and clean design a result of location the 8 suspension cables below the deck.

Davies Alpine House

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

Richmond, Surrey

Wilkinson Eyre

2005

Botanical Garden

Transit:

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

Photo by architect

 

www.kew.org

 

Providing a sustainable, energy-efficient growing environment for alpine plants.  Cool air moves through channels in concrete slab while the two arches create a stack effect to draw warm air out.

Peckham Library

122 Peckham Hill Street

Alsop & Stormer

1999

Library

Transit: Peckham Rye‎ Rail Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

Photo by Architect

 

www.southwark.gov.uk/info/437/libraries_and_locations/909/peckham_library/1

 

Reinforcing the public realm, placing the information and media centre to the ground level while elevating the quiet reading spaces away from the street noise.  Clad in pre-patinated copper.

London City Hall

110 The Queens Walk

Norman Foster and Ken Shuttleworth

2002

Government Building

Transit:  London Bridge Station

Access:  Limited

 

www.london.gov.uk/city-hall

 

The 500m helical walkway allows views inside and out, the top 10-storeys is an exhibition space called "London's Living Room", with an open viewing deck which is occasionally open to the public.

Moor house

120 London Wall

Foster and Partners

2004

Office

Transit:  Moorgate Station

Access:  Limited

 

www.moor-house.com

 

The curving façade has made room for open public space and shopping.  The two curved elevations combine to create a highly original and distinctive form.

Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport, Essex

Foster and Partners

1991

Airport

Transit:  Stansted Train Station

Access:  Limited

 

Photo by Architect

 

www.stanstedairport.com

 

Tree-like columns allow natural daylight in and free the floor plan for straightforward way-finding.

Graduate Centre

London Metropolitan University

166-220 Holloway Road

Daniel Libeskind

2004

Post-Secondary School

Transit:  Holloway Road Station

Access:  Limited

 

www.londonmet.ac.uk/news/buildings/graduate-centre.cfm

 

Libeskind explains "The building is composed of three intersecting volumes ... clad entirely with embossed stainless steel panels creating a shining and ever-changing surface. Windows are conceived as large geometrical cuts providing accentuated natural light for the interior…simple, bold volumes which provide multi-purpose flexibility."

British Museum

Great Court

Great Russell Street

Foster and Partners

2000

Museum

Transit:  Tottenham Court Road Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.britishmuseum.org

 

The canopy was designed and installed by computer, constructed of 3,312 unique panes of glass; visitors can enjoy the changing vista as you move through the space.

Broadgate Tower

201 Bishopsgate

Skidmore Owings and Merrill

2009

Office

Transit:  Shoreditch High Street Station

Access:  Limited

 

www.broadgatetower.com

 

One of the tallest buildings in London, the tower’s criss-crossing steel beams is the most distinct architectural feature.

The Shard

Joiner Street

Renzo Piano

2012

Mixed-Use

Transit:  London Bridge Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

the-shard.com/

www.theviewfromtheshard.com/

 

Inspired by the railway lines next to the site, this is the tallest building in Western Europe.  Be sure to check out the views.

Lumen

88 Tavistock Place

Theis and Khan Architects

2009

Church

Transit:  Russell Square Station

Access:  Open

 

Photo by Architect

 

http://www.lumenurc.org.uk/

 

“the light penetrates through the roof and draws the gaze upwards towards the sky. The white render and changing light gives the space a pure and elemental feel and imbues it with a peaceful, religious aura.”

Tate Modern

Bankside

Herzog and de Meuron

2001

Museum

Transit:  Southwark Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

 

www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-modern-project/design

 

The Tanks is the first phase of the expansion, these enormous industrial cylinders once contained oil that fueled the turbines of the former power station but were decommissioned in 1981 and now converted to galleries.

Architecture Foundation

136–148 Tooley St

Foundation

Transit:  London Bridge Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

 

www.architecturefoundation.org.uk/

 

A non-profit agency, focused on cultivating new ideas and talent, stimulate discussion, and improve the quality of the built organizing exhibitions and education programs.

Velodrome

Olympic Park

Hopkins Architects

2011

Cycling Track

Transit:  Stratford International Station

Access:  Limited

 

www.london2012.com/venue/velodrome/

 

The Velodrome is energy efficient—rooflights reduce the need for artificial lights, and natural ventilation reduces the need for air condition. Rain water is also collected, which reduces the amount of water used from the municipal water system.

One New Change

1 New Change

Jean Nouvel

2010

Shopping Mall

Transit:  St.  Paul’s Station

Access:  Hours of Operation

 

www.onenewchange.com

 

This mixed-use building includes, 19,900 sqm of retail, restaurants, 30,840 sqm of office and public spaces.  Care was taken to complement its neighbor St. Paul’s Cathedral historic presences.

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