Lloyds Building
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Architect Richard Rogers
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Location London, England   map
Date 1979 to 1984   timeline
Building Type commercial, corporate headquarters
 Construction System steel frame with glass curtain wall
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style High-Tech Modern
Notes Expressed structure and exposed services as ornamental order.


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Photo, detail of railing


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Discussion Lloyds Building Commentary

"Whereas the frame of the building has a long life expectancy, the servant areas, filled with mechanical equipment have a relatively short life, especially in this energy-critical period. The servant equipment, mechanical services, lifts, toilets, kitchens, fire stairs, and lobbies, sit loosely in the tower framework, easily accessible for maintenance, and replaceable in the case of obsolescence.

"The key to this changing juxtaposition of parts is the legibility of the role of each technological component, which is functionally expressed to the full."

— Barbie Campbell Cole and Ruth Elias Rogers, ed. Richard Rogers + Partners. p130-131.

The Creator's Words

"Buildings are not idiosyncratic private institutions: they give public performances both to the user and the passerby. Thus the architect's responsibility must go beyond the client's program and into the broader public realm. Though the client's program offers the architect a point of departure, it must be questioned, as the architectural solution lies in the complex and often contradictory interpretation of the needs of the individual, the institution, the place and history. The recognition of history as a principle constituent of the program and an ultimate model of legitimacy is a radical addition to the theories of the Modern Movement."

— Richard Rogers. from Barbie Campbell Cole and Ruth Elias Rogers, ed. Richard Rogers + Partners. p19.

Sources on Lloyds Building

Barbie Campbell Cole and Ruth Elias Rogers, ed. Richard Rogers + Partners. London: Architectural Monographs, Academy Editions, 1985. ISBN 0-312-68207-7. LC 82-60002. NA997.R6R5 1985. p130-131. drawing of Leadenhall street elevation, p10.

Donald Corner and Jenny Young. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD.2260.1012.1834.036, detail of railing. PCD.2260.1012.1834.036. PCD.2260.1012.1834.040

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD .1536. PCD .1536.

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani. Architecture of the 20th Century in Drawings: Utopia and Reality. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1982. ISBN 0-8478-0464-X. LC 82-42534. NA2700.M3513. axonometric drawing, f113, p131. Richard Rogers and Partners. Draughtsman: Kieran Breen. 1979.

Mildred F. Schmertz, ed. Architectural Record. November 1986, Vol. 174, No. 13. Photos by Richard Bryant. New York: McGraw Hill. color photo of interior. p113. color photo of exterior, p105. Right side of Gatefold.

Dennis Sharp, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. color photo of exterior, showing context, p131.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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