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One London WallEdit profile
Continuing Foster and Partners’ work in the historic heart of London, One London Wall is a prominent building that maintains a sense of continuity within the context of the City. The architectural response to the unique challenges of the site is a highly transparent, flexible building that elegantly wraps around the dynamic curve of the street, stepping back in three blocks to relate to the scale of the surrounding buildings. One London Wall was completed in October 2003 for The London Wall Ltd Partnership, Hammerson UK Properties PLC in collaboration with Kajima UK.
The building provides approximately 204,000 net square feet of office space on 12 levels. Curved on plan, the scheme follows the line of London Wall, as it meets the corner with Aldersgate Street, providing a strong focal point. Its structural grid has been manipulated to provide a conventional orthogonal planning grid within the curved plan, responding to the requirement for an effective and functional floor plate for multi-tenant occupancy. Maximising and preserving the sight line to St Paul’s, it steps up in section, rising from the lower scale of Aldersgate Street on the west, to the higher scale of London Wall and Albangate to the east. This profile knits the building seamlessly to its context, while external terraces offer dramatic views across the city. The entire rear façade of the building frames a spectacular backdrop dominated by St Paul’s. Two new bridges from the building to the Museum of London and Bastion House link to the high-level walkway system.
The building is supported by a complex combination of new and re-used foundations. In order to preserve some of the existing structures on the site over which the new
development spans, the lowest passenger lift lobby starts at first floor. The transition from ground to first floor is achieved via escalators through a spectacular 9-metre-high entrance hall on London Wall enclosed by a glass wall. Tall circular glass doors are positioned at either end of the entrance hall, following the line of the Portland Stone façade at street level. The scheme also includes the restoration and redevelopment of the ceremonial spaces in Plaisterers Hall – the Livery Hall of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers.
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