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Bloomberg London
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DESIGNER
 
 
Norman Foster

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CONTEXT
 
Relationship with the location
Foster + Partners, Norman Foster, Bloomberg LondonThe design of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters is respectful of its location in the heart of the City of London, close to the Bank of England and two of Sir Christopher Wren’s finest buildings, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the church of St. Stephen’s Walbrook. In their form, massing and materials, the new buildings are uniquely of their place and time – a natural extension of the City that will endure and improve the surrounding public realm.
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Foster + Partners, Norman Foster, Bloomberg LondonBloomberg London comprises two buildings, connected by glazed bridges across a retail arcade that bisects the site, reinstating an historic route that once connected Cannon Street with Watling Street. At ten-storeys, the buildings’ height complements neighbouring structures and protects views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Their facades echo the classic hierarchy and proportions of the City’s historic buildings, with a two-storey colonnaded base, six office floors and two levels set back above the cornice line at the very top. Echoing the colours, textures and solidity of its neighbours, the façade combines sandstone with deep bronze blades. However, while the exterior is understated, the interior is dynamic and fluid and the accommodation provides unprecedented flexibility and amenity for staff.

Foster + Partners, Norman Foster, Bloomberg LondonMaking a discreet, yet positive contribution to the City, the project includes the creation of three new public spaces, for which works of art have been commissioned, and restores the archaeological remains of the Roman Temple of Mithras to their original location on the site. In addition, the basement of the building integrates the new Bank London Underground station.
September 17, 2015

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Lord Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners
Foster + Partners, Norman Foster, Bloomberg London“This extraordinarily collaborative effort was made possible by Michael Bloomberg, who not only commissioned the building but has personally been involved at every step of the design. From the very first meeting he expressed his desire to make the building relate sympathetically to its neighbours in every way. This is reflected in a building which is much lower than its allowed height – is penetrated by a public arcade, most of the ground floor brings life to the civic domain, and is faced in traditional stone and bronze. Every design decision, from materials carefully chosen to age and mellow over time, to the revival of Watling Street – the ancient Roman route that cuts across the site – reflects the exacting standards and total commitment of everyone involved. The result is a building that is uniquely of its place and time, an exemplar of sustainable design, and a workplace that will attract the best and the brightest global talent to the City of London.”
Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg L.P. and 108th Mayor of New York City
Foster + Partners, Norman Foster, Bloomberg London"With this building we are creating a lasting legacy for Bloomberg and for the City of London. It's a building that our business needs and that our people deserve and will stand as a symbol of our past successes and our future ambitions. London is the second home for Bloomberg and a centre of our global network. We're committed to the city and to helping build a strong future here. This building will help keep us growing in London, and will help London keep growing as a thriving financial, technology and media hub."
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ECO-SUSTAINABILITY'
 
Foster + Partners, Norman Foster, Bloomberg LondonThrough a combination of passive and active environmental strategies, the project targets BREEAM Excellent and LEED Platinum ratings. Taking advantage of the dense urban grain in the heart of the City, the facades are naturally shaded by neighbouring buildings, supplemented by large-scale bronze blades at different angles and densities according to orientation and exposure. The scheme is designed to maximise natural ventilation, and integrates roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and a combined cooling heat and power system.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
United Kingdom
State
England
Region
London
County
Greater London
Town
London
Address
Cannon Street, Walbrook
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for offices and professional practises
Offices
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2014    
Realisation
2015 - 2020
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CLIENT
 
 
Bloomberg LP
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 102,190
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STRUCTURES
 
 
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STAFF
 
Project
Foster + Partners
Consultant
Sir Robert McAlpine
Grontmij
Stanhope
ARUP operations consulting
Visual Acuity Ltd
PTS Consulting Group PLC
David Bonnet
QCIC Group
Sandy Brown Associates LLP
Gartner UK Ltd.
Lighting engineer
Tillotson Design Associates
Quantity surveyor
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Nigel Young | Foster + Partners, Jason Alden
Drawings © Foster + Partners
Text edited by Foster + Partners
Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners, Norman Foster, Bloomberg London



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