New Court - Rothschild's London HeadquartersEdit profile
positioned along st. swithin's lane and adjacent to christopher wren's st. stephen walbrook church, the 'new court' is british bank, rothchild's london headquarters by rotterdam-based OMA and london-based allies and morrison architects. following the maggie's gartnavel centre in glasgow, the tower represents the second building constructed within the UK by dutch practice OMA, and both are nominated for the 2012 RIBA stirling prize. the structure's form minimizes competition with its two historically prominent neighbors, establishing an urban connection through a series of stacked cubic volumes. at the street, the mass is lifted to allow pedestrian access through a glass lobby. the transparent enclosure reveals the medieval roads which border the base, visually connecting to the 400-year old church on the opposing side of the site. structural steel and dark glazing define the external aesthetic.
a central cube contains ten stories of open plan offices which overlook the urban fabric. four attached annexes contain meeting rooms, reception, vertical circulation, a cafe and gym. on top of the primary element at a heights of 75 meters, a double level sky pavilion formed with pilotis offers space for company functions and meetings with a backdrop of views towards the encompassing the financial district. a landscaped roof garden may host larger events.