Friday, April 8, 2016

The Walbrook

The Walbrook Building by Foster + Partners, Walbrook, City of London, London
The Walbrook Building by Foster + Partners, 2010
Walbrook, City of London
London, September 2015

“The facade is articulated as a series of bays, which refer to the domestic scale of the buildings that originally stood here and have the effect of extending the site boundary to optimise the plan area. While the scheme's massing is determined by the historical fabric of the city, the horizontal bands of reflective brise soleil are a contemporary statement in an area where planning guidance has traditionally favoured the use of stone. Made of a glass-fibre-reinforced polymer - a material more commonly used in the bodywork of cars - the louvres wrap the entire building, unifying the main volume with the receding upper levels, so that from the street the facade appears as a continuous arc.”
(The Walbrook, Foster + Partners)

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