Adelaide House London – King William Street Building

Adelaide House London, King William Street Building, JJ Burnet Architecture, Photos

Adelaide House London

King William St Building, London, England – design by John James Burnet, architect

7 Nov 2012

Adelaide House

Date: 1924-25

Architect: John James Burnet / Tait & Partners

New photos of the facades to the River Thames and to King William Street, from 12 Nov 2012:

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When it was built Adelaide House was the tallest building in London, amazing to think now as it is dwarfed by towers – the Walkie Talkie buidling to the northeast and The Shard across the river.

Location: King William Street / London Bridge Approach, City of London

Adelaide House is a listed office building on London Bridge. When completed in 1925 it was the tallest office block in London at 43 m (141 ft). The building was named in honour of King William IV’s wife Adelaide, who, in 1831, had performed the opening ceremony of the adjacent London Bridge.

Adelaide House was the first building in the City to employ the steel frame technique which was later widely adopted for skyscrapers around the world, and also the first office block the United Kingdom to have central ventilation and telephone and electric connections on every floor.

This River Thames building was designed in a discreet Art Deco style by Tait & Partners, with some Egyptian influences, popular at the time after the recent discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. There used to be a mini golf course on the roof.
The building has been Grade II listed since 1972. It is currently occupied by law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.
Source: wikipedia

Photographs of the building © Adrian Welch

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Adelaide House London and church

Adelaide House architect design : JJ Burnet

Another key English building design by Sir John Burnett Tait & Partner on e-architect:
CIS Tower, Manchester skyscraper

Adelaide House architects office : Tait & Partners (Thomas Tait) – also responsible for The Daily Telegraph office – Peterborough Court, Fleet Street, a little to the west of this building.


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Buildings immediately to the east:
Adelaide House context
photo © Adrian Welch

Building just to north, on axis with King William Street and London Bridge:
Adelaide House context
photo © Adrian Welch

Adelaide House London building photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)e-architect.co.uk

Building on London Bridge opposite Adelaide House
Building on London Bridge
photo © Adrian Welch

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Adelaide House Architect: John James Burnet

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