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Bloomberg European Headquarters in London

RIBA Award for Office Building Development in UK – design by Foster + Partners Architects

26 Jul 2018

Bloomberg HQ London Shortlisted for RIBA Client of the Year 2018

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London Shortlisted for RIBA Client of the Year 2018

Bloomberg European Headquarters London office building
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Jury Report

Occupying a whole block within the city, this project is a large office building to house all of Bloombergs employees under one roof for the first time. Externally the building incorporates a covered walkway all round its perimeter. There is also a new street created, carving the building into two blocks connected by bridges. Commercial units for restaurants etc. are arranged at ground level. There is an external undulation in plan described by the architect as an expression of the movement around the building.

After entering the building one encounters some understandably very tight security, then one moves through an architectural procession to the lifts. This procession includes ‘the vortex’ which is an art piece, one of several throughout the scheme. The lifts – specially designed – take you to a mid-level floor where the main concourse / café space is located. Desks and workspaces are then distributed in clusters accessible from a winding curved ramp, which curls through the building linking the various levels.

The whole building, inside and out, is executed to a very high quality.

Bloomberg European Headquarters London office building
photo : Aaron Hargreaves

Externally the building is of an appropriate scale to the surroundings. It seeks to create a dialogue with some very old neighbouring buildings and in that it is quite successful. The covered walkway represents a level of generosity towards the city.

Internally, the process of moving through the architectural procession and up in the lifts creates a completely immersive environment. The concourse level is very vibrant, buzzing with activity and isolated from its surroundings. There’s a sense of Willy Wonka about the space. It is here that the real success of the project starts to emerge. Everywhere you look there is an inventive detail. From the bespoke folded aluminium ceiling ‘roses’ to the magnetic floorboards. The aim of the building was to avoid standard office space and in this it succeeds.

Overall the project is a tour-de-force. This is the opposite of a quiet understated building. In fact the multiplicity of invention at numerous levels is carried through with such conviction that you cannot fail but be impressed by it.

Bloomberg European Headquarters London office building
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

RIBA region: London
Architect practice: Foster + Partners
Date of completion: November 2017
Client company name: Bloomberg
Project city/town: London
Contract value: Confidential
Internal area: 66,354.00 m²
Cost per m²: Confidential
Contractor company name: Sir Robert McAlpine

Consultants

Development Manager
Stanhope

Development Advisors
BNP Paribas

Construction Manager
Sir Robert McAlpine

Structural Engineers
AKT II

Services Engineer
Sweco

Lift Consultant
Sweco

Fire Engineer
Sweco

Cost Consultant
AECOM

Lighting Design
Tillotson Design Associates

Acoustic Consultant
Sandy Brown Associates

Landscape Consultant
Charles Funke Associates

Planning Consultant
DP9

Art Consultant
Nancy Rosen Inc.

Access Consultant
David Bonnett Associates

Catering Consultant
Coverpoint

TV Set Design
Jack Morton

Façade Consultants
FMDC

Façade Consultants
BMT Group

Façade Consultants
Optis

Ornithologist
Dr Nigel Clark

Natural Ventilation Consultant
Breathing Buildings

Natural Ventilation Consultants
Wirth Research

Natural Ventilation Consultants
Price Industries

Wayfinding Consultants
Whybrow

Signage Designer
Studio Fernando Guttierez

Security Consultant
QCIC

AV and IT Consultant
PTS

Temple of Mithras Designers
Local Projects

Temple of Mithras Designers
Matthew Schreiber Studio

Temple of Mithras Designers
Studio Joseph

Façade Access Consultant
Reef Associates

Rights of Light Surveyor
Gordon Ingram Associates

Traffic Consultant
JMP Consultants

Archaeology
Museum of London Archaeology

Pedestrian Flow – Public Realm
Space Syntax

Awards
• RIBA Regional Award
• Regional Award Short List
• London East

20 Jul 2018
Bloomberg European Headquarters shortlisted for RIBA Stirling Prize

Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, located in the heart of the City of London, features on this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist of six of the UK’s best buildings. One of the world’s most sustainable office buildings, its form, massing and materials are sensitive to its historic setting yet clearly of its own time, also making a positive contribution to the public realm.

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London

Photos © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

Bloomberg comprises two buildings connected by link bridges over a dining arcade that bisects the site and returns a lost portion of Watling Street, an ancient Roman road, back to the City grid. The building is an exemplar of sustainability and is rated BREEAM Outstanding, with the highest design-stage score by any major office development globally. Its self-shading facades and natural ventilation throughout the deep-plan interior spaces contribute significantly to the energy efficiency of the building, which also incorporates innovative water conservation strategies, lighting and power systems.

The building’s interior is a highly specific response to Bloomberg – the global business information and technology company – and its 4,000 London-based employees, designed to inspire collaboration and communication in a dynamic, innovative environment.

Bloomberg joins eight of the practice’s other buildings that have been shortlisted previously, with the American Air Museum at Duxford and 30 St Mary Axe in London winning in 1998 and 2004 respectively.

This year’s RIBA Stirling Prize winner will be announced on Wednesday 10 October at the Roundhouse, London.

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London

Background

The RIBA Stirling Prize is the UK’s most prestigious architecture award. Given to the architect of the building thought to be the most significant of the year for the evolution of architecture and the built environment, the RIBA Stirling Prize is judged on a range of criteria including design vision, innovation and originality, capacity to stimulate engage and delight occupants and visitors, accessibility and sustainability, how fit the building is for its purpose and the level of client satisfaction. www.architecture.com/ribastirlingprize

RIBA Judges’ citation for Bloomberg:

Bloomberg, London by Foster + Partners

Occupying a whole block within the city, this project is a large office building to house all of Bloomberg’s employees under one roof for the first time. Externally the building incorporates a covered walkway all round its perimeter. There is also a new street created, carving the building into two blocks connected by bridges. Commercial units for restaurants etc. are arranged at ground level. There is an external undulation in plan described by the architect as an expression of the movement around the building.

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London

After entering the building one encounters some understandably very tight security, then one moves through an architectural procession to the lifts. This procession includes ‘the vortex’ which is an art piece, one of several throughout the scheme. The lifts – specially designed – take you to a mid-level floor where the main concourse / café space is located. Desks and workspaces are then distributed in clusters accessible from a winding curved ramp, which curls through the building linking the various levels.

The whole building, inside and out, is executed to a very high quality. Externally the building is of an appropriate scale to the surroundings. It seeks to create a dialogue with some very old neighbouring buildings and in that it is quite successful. The covered walkway represents a level of generosity towards the city.

Internally, the process of moving through the architectural procession and up in the lifts creates a completely immersive environment. The concourse level is very vibrant, buzzing with activity and isolated from its surroundings. There’s a sense of Willy Wonka about the space. It is here that the real success of the project starts to emerge. Everywhere you look there is an inventive detail. From the bespoke folded aluminium ceiling ‘roses’ to the magnetic floorboards. The aim of the building was to avoid standard office space and in this it succeeds.

Overall the project is a tour-de-force. This is the opposite of a quiet understated building. In fact, the multiplicity of invention at numerous levels is carried through with such conviction that you cannot fail but be impressed by it.

Bloomberg European Headquarters – Stirling Prize Shortlist

Previously on e-architect:

30 Jun 2018
Bloomberg London Shortlisted at World Architecture Festival 2018 Awards

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London is one of 536 shortlisted entries across 81 countries:

World Architecture Festival Awards 2018 Shortlist

7 Mar 2018

BREEAM Awards 2018 Winner

Award for Bloomberg European Headquarters in London

25 Oct 2017

Bloomberg European Headquarters

Architects: Foster + Partners

Location: Bloomberg Place, London, EC4, England

Bloomberg European Headquarters

The new European headquarters of Bloomberg LP has been launched at an event hosted by its founder Michael R. Bloomberg, in the company of Lord Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London. Located between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral, the building responds to its historic context, yet is uniquely of its place and time. It is a true exemplar of sustainable development, with a BREEAM Outstanding rating – the highest design-stage score ever achieved by any major office development.

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London Bloomberg European Headquarters in London

Occupying a full city block, the 3.2-acre site comprises two buildings united by bridges that span over a pedestrian arcade that reinstates Watling Street, an ancient Roman road that ran through the site. Bloomberg Arcade is now a key route for people moving around the City, with restaurants and cafes at ground level, set back behind an undulating façade under a covered colonnade. Three public plazas, located at each end of the arcade and in front of the building’s entrance, provide new civic spaces in the heart of the Square Mile.

The building height protects key views of St Paul’s Cathedral whilst respecting neighbouring historic buildings. Its striking façade is defined by a structural sandstone frame in response to the adjacent Magistrate’s Court, with a series of large-scale bronze fins that shade the floor-to-ceiling glazing. The fins give the building a visual hierarchy and rhythm as they vary in scale, pitch and density across each façade according to orientation and solar exposure, whilst also being an integral part of the building’s natural ventilation system.

Lord Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners, said: “From day one, we talked with Mike Bloomberg about creating an elegant stone building that responds to its historic setting yet is clearly of its own time and which would be a good neighbour in the City of London in every sense of the word. We wanted the building to have an integrity and continuity of expression both inside and out, creating an inspiring, innovative, dynamic and collaborative workplace for Bloomberg that embodies the core values of the company. Above all, we had a shared belief with Bloomberg that we should provide the highest standards of sustainability and wellbeing for its occupants, as well as create major new public spaces at ground level, making a significant contribution to the daily life of the City of London and its inhabitants.

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London

Art plays a central role in the project, with major site-specific commissions in and around the building. Cristina Iglesias’ water sculpture in three parts, ‘Forgotten Streams’ – a homage to the ancient Walbrook River that once flowed through the site – defines the public spaces at each end of Bloomberg Arcade. Other works in the building include pieces by Michael Craig-Martin, Olafur Eliasson, Arturo Herrera, Langlands and Bell, David Tremlett and Pae White.

The new Bloomberg building also returns the archaeological remains of the Roman Temple of Mithras to the site of their original discovery, with a new interpretation centre and cultural hub designed to give visitors an immersive experience of the temple and bring the history of the site to life.

The main entrance to Bloomberg is defined by a substantial porte-cochère, where the building forms two sides of a new formal city square. Beneath this square is a new entrance to Bank Underground station, constructed as part of the project, that connects to the Waterloo and City line.

Arriving at the main entrance, everyone passes through the reception lobby before being drawn into the Vortex – a dramatic double-height space created by three inclined, curving timber shells, whose unique form echoes the dynamism and energy of Bloomberg. These shells twist to form an oculus at their apex, which contains an artwork titled ‘No Future Is Possible Without A Past’ by Olafur Eliasson. From here, high-speed fully-glazed lifts with a unique concealed mechanism – another innovation developed specifically for the building – carry everyone directly to the sixth floor.

Central to Bloomberg’s ethos, the double-height ‘pantry’ on the sixth floor is the heart of the building, reflecting the importance of sharing and collaboration at the company. Everyone passes through this animated space, increasing the likelihood of chance meetings and informal discussions. The upper level of the pantry is formed by a sweeping crescent of individual meeting booths that overlook the central space, known as the Ha-Ha, referring to the classic landscape device that inspired their design.

A distinctive hypotrochoid stepped ramp, characterised by its smooth continuous three-dimensional loop, flows through the full height of the building, adding to the drama of the space. Clad in bronze, the ramp is designed and proportioned as a place of meeting and connection, allowing people to hold brief impromptu conversations with colleagues, whilst not impeding the flow of people.

Michael Jones, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners and Project Architect of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters added: “The design of the building supports the values of Bloomberg as an organisation and the way it operates. The cores have been pushed to the edges of the building to visually open the floors and reveal a spiralling ramp, the heart of the building, bringing together the people who work in it. In a sense, it is all about community and collaboration – both within the building and the way it embraces its surroundings”.

The notion of teamwork and collaboration flows into the desking systems and layout of each floor. Bespoke height-adjustable, radial desks are laid out in clusters and pods for up to six people, allowing for privacy, personalisation, wellbeing and collaborative working.

The ceiling is another unique and innovative element developed for the building, inspired by the pressed metal ceilings of New York. Its distinctive polished aluminium panels of ‘petals’ perform multiple roles – ceiling finish, light reflectors, cooling elements and acoustic attenuation – combining various elements of a typical office ceiling into an energy-saving integrated system.

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London

Bloomberg European Headquarters London – Building Information

Breathing façade
• Several of the bronze fins contain openable panels in the face of the blade.
• When outdoor temperatures permit, these panels open automatically to allow fresh air to be drawn directly into the interior spaces.
• The internal section of the fin contains an acoustic lining that attenuates the external sounds of the city – a constraint that has previously largely prohibited the ability to naturally ventilate major buildings in densely populated urban environments.

Temple of Mithras
• London Mithraeum Bloomberg SPACE returns the Roman Temple of Mithras to the location of its discovery in the heart of the City.
• Situated beneath the site of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, this free new cultural space will showcase the reconstructed temple, a selection of the remarkable Roman artefacts found during recent excavations, and a series of rotating contemporary art commissions responding to one of the UK’s most significant archaeological sites.

Hypotrochoid ramp
• The unique geometry of the ramp is made from a single structural element, based on a mathematical curve called a hypotrochoid, that forms a smooth continuous three-dimensional loop between floors.
• Each loop sits in an elliptical opening in the floor plate and these elements repeat consistently, rotating through 120 degrees on each floor, which gives the ramp its dramatic overall form, enhances visual connectivity and provides dramatic views between floors deep into the building.
• The ramp is 210 metres long and spans six of the building’s nine occupied floors.

Integrated Ceiling
• The bespoke ceiling panels integrate the various elements of a typical office ceiling into a 150mm-deep zone to maximise the floor-to-ceiling height of the workplace.
• The 2.5 million individual ‘petals’ are chilled, with their increased surface area producing the same amount of cooling as a flat ceiling.
• 500,000 LED lights are incorporated into the integrated ceiling, which is 40% more energy efficient than a typical office lighting system.

Bloomberg European Headquarters in London

Photos © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

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4 Oct 2017
Bloomberg’s New European Headquarters, City of London, UK
Bloombergs European HQ
image © ChopsMoxie / Foster + Partners
Bloomberg’s New European Headquarters Building

22 Jun 2017
Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in London


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