The company’s first wholly owned and designed building has been designed to facilitate fuel innovation, improve the public realm, and house its 4,000 London-based employees.
The 3.2a site contains three public plazas, a dining arcade, a public thoroughfare, a major new public artwork by Cristina Iglesias, and other contemporary art commissions around the building, and it also returns a portion of Watling Street back to the city grid.
The building is also claimed to be the biggest stone project in the City of London for a century, having been built using 9,600t of Derbyshire sandstone and locally sourced natural materials.
Company founder Michael Bloomberg believes the new building adds new life to this historic neighborhood and serves a sustainability exemplar. "Lord Foster’s spectacular design brings people together in ways that will promote collaboration and communication, and it forges new frontiers in sustainability that we hope will serve as a model for other companies," he says. "We have a great future here in London, and this is a big investment in the city."
"This fantastic new building is a huge vote of confidence in London as a destination for global business," adds London Mayor Sadiq Khan. "It is also a shining example of what can be achieved by combining fantastic British architecture and the latest green technology to reduce our impact on the environment."