Building Blocks Series 10: The Lloyds Building

5 Aug

The next building to feature in our Building Blocks series is quite intriguing. You may well have walked past it as it is located in London’s Lime Street. Yes you guessed it, it is the Lloyds Building.

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It is not your everyday insurance offices and during this blog you may come across some new interesting terminology.

The Lloyds building is sometimes referred to as the ‘inside out building’ and when you see it you can see why. Designed by Richard Rogers and built in the early eighties, the building has its services on the outside! This includes water pipes, ducts, staircases and twelve outside lifts. This seemed a strange concept at first but as we investigated further there were quite logical reasons for the design.

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The building is an example of Bowellism architecture. This was a completely new term to us but really just means to maximise the available floor space by removing as much as possible and putting it on the outside.  The design does make for a unique and complicated exterior. It could be a case of love it or hate it.

Interestingly, the Lloyds building became Grade 1 Listed only 25 years after being built and so far is the youngest building ever to obtain this.

English Heritage said of the building that it should be “universally recognised as one of the key buildings of the modern epoch”.

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Ok, so what about the windows? Well, a good head for heights may be called for to really appreciate them as although the higher floors are covered in glass they can only be reached by going in the outside lifts! Their cleaning has been taken care of with cleaning cranes situated on the outside of the building’s 14 floors.

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Due to its unusual appearance the Lloyds building has been featured in many films such as Mamma Mia, television series such as Climbing Great Buildings and many music album covers.

We think you will agree quite a building! What do you think about this radical architecture?

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