Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

 The Lloyd's Building Technical Tour
Conference Technical Tour
June 13, 2013
Dario Trabucco, IUAV University of Venice

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LONDON - The Lloyd’s Building received strong opposition after its completion, and almost 30 years later, it still remains a very recognizable building in London, and all Londoners have a clear opinion on it: either they love it or they hate it. There are four trading floors, and the building was designed to allow expansions.

The building is still controversial but it still works very well, with 2,500 traders and an additional 3,000 employees working here every day. Desks in the trading floors are owned by syndicates that are highly specialized insurance companies. Brokers receive orders from all around the world, and they travel to the tables to get offers for a specific project. The firm is known for choosing well, a notable exception being the choice to insure the Titanic.
The Lloyd's Building atrium is maximized by moving most mechanical systems to the outside of the building.
The building can be easily transformed to add two extra floors. The buffer space for expansions is now rented to law firms, but Lloyd's can promptly free the space and expand the building.

The building still uses a good deal of the original equipment, such as generators. The whole assembly of the building is designed to be reversible and expandable. Patterned after Rogers' previous seminal building, the Beaubourg Museum / Centre Pompidou, in collaboration with Renzo Piano, the Lloyd’s building also appears to be “inside-out.” All of the mechanical equipment is on the exterior of the building, and the interior completely free of obstructions to maximization for tenant use.
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