Jenny Brewer, Features Editor of onoffice magazine, shares with us her top 3 office buildings you should stop to admire in London.
Tower 42, formerly known as the NatWest Tower, is one of the hits in Richard Seifert's hit-and-miss legacy to London. The Old Broad Street behemoth was the capital's first skyscraper when it opened in 1981, forever changing the London skyline and setting the city's architecture on an exponentially upward path. To me, it has a certain Chicago-ness, with its stripes of smoked glass and stainless steel.
Lincoln's Inn and Inner Temple
I am infinitely jealous of people who work in the barristers chambers surrounding Lincoln's Inn in Holborn and Inner Temple, near Blackfriars. The buildings are hundreds of years old and impressively grand and characterful, enclosing beautiful courtyard gardens where staff meet and socialise - it could be the first example of the campus-style workplace, something forward-thinking architects are trying to recapture today. The only downside of working in these historical structures (apart from the inherent low ceilings and creaky floors) is the Grey Lady ghost that apparently visits late-stayers…
A few minutes walk away from Tower 42 is the Heron Tower by KPF, standing off against its older (and shorter) brother - though it was originally planned to be exactly the same height - with a slew of mod cons. These include photovoltaic cells, super speedy double decker lifts and the largest privately owned fish tank in Britain, home to 67 species of fish, including a number of sharks. Besides all that, I think its staggered-level rooftop is its best defining feature.
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