Lloyd’s of London architect Richard Rogers Retires
The news of his retirement emerged from a filing at Companies House that announced his termination as a member of the Limited Liability Partnership. His departure formally ends the career of one of the UK’s most celebrated architects, renowned for his work designing buildings such as the Pompidou Centre, Lloyds of London and the Millennium Dome
Located at 1 Lime Street, the Lloyd’s building was completed in 1986. The radical design for the building was the winning entry from an international competition, held by Lloyd’s of London in 1978 for a new headquarters. It replaced Lloyd’s of London’s first headquarters, built in 1928, the entrance of which was preserved as part of the new building.
The building is distinguished by its inside out appearance that sees all the building’s services banished to the exterior in order to create uninterrupted spaces inside. The design allowed for an uninterrupted trading space that could expand or contract according to the needs of the market.
Early Concept Sketch
During the early stages of the project Richard kindly gave the practice a signed early concept sketch of the proposed scheme. The sketch is 40 years old now and showing its age, unlike the building which remains one of the most recognizable landmarks in the City.
In 2011, Lloyd’s building was granted Grade I listed status by English Heritage, the youngest structure to be given this status. Commenting at the time, English Heritage said it was ‘universally recognized as one of the key buildings of the modern epoch’.
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