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GLA Building London
City Hall: Greater London Authority Building – design by Foster + Partners, architects
12 Nov 2012
City Hall Building
New photos from 12 November 2012:
Location: south east London, just west of Tower Bridge
Summary: unusual shaped building, likened to many objects, mostly anatomical!
Nearest Tube: London Bridge, Northern Line
Description of key aspects of the Greater London Authority building:
- headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA) which comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.
- opened two years after the Greater London Authority was created.
- note former LCC was upstream at County Hall and City of London is controlled from Guildhall on¬† the north bank
- building has an unusual, bulbous shape, purportedly intended to reduce its surface area and thus improve energy efficiency, although energy use measurements have shown this building to be fairly inefficient in terms of energy use
- has no front or back in conventional terms but derives its shape from a modified sphere.
- 500-metre helical walkway, reminiscent of that in New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ascends the full height of the building.
- the walkway provides views of the interior of the building, and is intended to symbolise transparency; a similar device was used by Foster in his design for the rebuilt Reichstag (parliament).
- at the top of the ten-storey building is an exhibition and meeting space called “London’s Living Room”, with an open viewing deck which is occasionally open to the public.
- in 2006 it was announced that solar photovoltaic cells would be fitted to the building
GLA building, southeast London
London City Hall, central London
Foster + Partners
Greater London Authority Building : Foster & Partners
Greater London Authority
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA
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GLA Building Context
‘The Hill’ – proposal, Potters Field, southeast London
image from University of Dundee PR 081007
Fieldwork – Kathryn Findlay
Public building focusing on sensory experiences adj. Tower Bridge for Simon Elliot
Key London Buildings by Foster + Partners
Swiss Re Building – 30 St Mary Axe
picture ¬© Adrian Welch
Walbrook Square London
picture from architects
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