Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Lloyds Building London
I don't know if I have ever seen anything more ugly. It is sometimes refered to as the inside-out building, for obvious reasons. It was designed by Richard Rogers and built between 1978 - 1986 and Bovis were the contractors.
The building is innovative for having all its services on the outside; lifts, staircases, electrical power units and water pipes, to leave an uncluttered space on the inside. This also means that they never have to shut off any floor at any given time, if anything goes wrong; water, electric etc, the firm can get into the building and carry on while maintenance work continues on the outside.
Despite this it does have escalators on the inside, which look amazing!
Extraordinary building, beautiful? I don't think so.