Lloyd’s of London Building
Located at 1 Lime Street, the Lloyd’s building was completed in 1986. The radical design for the building was the winning entry by Richard Rogers 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.
Less well known is that inside this very modern building is the historic Adam Great Room. This is a recreation of the original dining room of Bowood House in Wiltshire. Designed in 1763 for the first Earl of Shelbourne, it is considered to be an important early work of Robert Adam. Large parts of Bowood House were due to be demolished in 1956 to mitigate huge repair costs. The contents of the room were purchased at auction and moved from Wiltshire and installed in the old headquarters building. When the new building was completed in 1986 the room was recreated to it’s original proportions.
Early Concept Sketch
During the early stages of the project Richard Rogers 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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