New photographs show Rogers' Leadenhall
Building nearing completion

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These new shots by London photographer Rory Gardiner show the tapered form of The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, which is nearing completion in the City of London (+ slideshow).

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

Nicknamed "the cheesegrater", the 224-metre office tower was designed by Richard Rogers' firm for a site beside the architect's celebrated Lloyds Building and features one sloping facade to maintain views towards St Paul's Cathedral.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

The exterior of the 50-storey structure is expressed as a series of constituent parts. A glazed curtain wall sits over the criss-crossing steel grid fronting the office floors, while a ladder frame encases the fire-fighting cores, and a circulation tower runs up the northern side of the building.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

Scheduled for completion later this year, The Leadenhall will house offices in its upper levels, but the base will accommodate a seven-storey-high public space filled with shops and restaurants.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

Photography is by Rory Gardiner.

Here's a description of the building from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners:


The Leadenhall Building

The building comprises a number of distinct architectural elements that provide clarity to the composition both as a whole and as a legible expression of its constituent parts. These elements include the primary stability structure, the ladder frame, the office floor plates, the northern support core, the external envelope and the public realm.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

The structure aims to reinforce the geometry defined by the development envelope, which in turn creates the distinctive tapering form, and takes the form of a perimeter braced 'tube' that defines the extent of the floor plates. The ladder frame contributes to the vertical emphasis of the building, and encloses the fire-fighting cores that serve the office floors. The frame also visually anchors the building to the ground.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

The office floors take the form of simple rectangular floor plates which progressively diminish in depth by 750 millimetres towards the apex. Office floors are connected to the structural 'tube' at every floor level without the need for secondary vertical columns at the perimeter.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

The northern support core is conceived as a detached tower containing all passenger and goods lifts, service risers, on-floor plant and WCs. Three groups of passenger lifts serve the low, mid and high rise sections of the building, and are connected by two transfer lobbies at levels ten and 24.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

The position of the northern support core relative to the office areas means that the structure is not required to be over-clad with fire protection, allowing the whole to be designed and expressed as visible steelwork. This articulated steel frame provides clarity to the whole assemblage.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

The highly transparent glazed enclosure makes manifest the structure and movement systems within; its physical presence is a striking and dynamic addition to the City and a unique spectacle for the enjoyment for passers-by.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

The building is designed to express all the constituent elements behind a single glazed envelope. Facades to the office areas require the highest comfort criteria in relation to heat loss, daylight, glare control and solar gain. Here, the facade is supplemented with an internal layer of double-glazing, forming a cavity which incorporates the structural frame.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

The external glazing incorporates vents at node levels to allow outside air to enter and discharge from the cavity. Controlled blinds in the cavity automatically adjust to limit unwanted solar gain and glare.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

The lower levels of the building are recessed on a raking diagonal to create a large public space that opens up to the south. The spectacular scale of the semi-enclosed, cathedral-like space is without precedent in London and will create a major new meeting place and a unique destination in itself.

New photographs show Rogers Leadenhall Building nearing completion

Overlooking the space are generous terrace areas within a bar and restaurant that provide animation and views into the public space and beyond. This enclosure is open at ground level to give access from all directions. The public space is fully accessible by means of a large, gently raked surface connecting St Helen's Square with Leadenhall Street.

  • Daniel

    The combination of ancient architecture with modern is amazing!

  • mitate

    And it still doesn’t look any better. Give me his old partner’s tour de force across the river.

  • Trivia

    Sooo massive. Totally out of scale.

  • Adam

    Looks like the cheese grater I used last night for my pasta.

  • alex

    No photos of the base? (The best part of the building?)

  • vertigo66

    Very elegant. My vote for London’s best tall building. So much nicer than its neighbour the Walkie Talkie aka ‘The Sore Thumb’.

  • vertigo66

    Agreed. Why no photos of arguably the most important aspect of this design: how it addresses to ground level public realm.

  • sor perdida

    The Cheesegrater is nicer than the Shard!

  • H-J

    It’s like a mashup of Foster and Piano.

  • james B

    Cleaver parts but disappointing whole.

  • Mr Walnut Grey

    I don’t know. The London skyline is beginning to look like a mess. And I’d take The Shard any day over that awkward looking ‘thing’.