GLA Building London – City Hall, Architect

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GLA Building London

City Hall: Greater London Authority Building – design by Foster + Partners, architects

1 Nov 2015

City Hall Building London

Design: Foster + Partners, Architects

Spectre Film Location

The location was used in the latest James bond film ‘Spectre’ as the offices for C, set within a fictional tower opposite the decaying MI6 building on the River Thames. The spiral ramps and top interior of Greater London Assembly’s (GLA) City Hall Building were used for takes inside the fictional tower at Riverside Walk Gardens by director Sam Mendes.

London City Hall stairs Spectre film location

According to previously permission was sought for SPECTRE to shoot in the Welsh Senedd but were denied. The architecure of this building and of the City Hall were of obvious attraction to the 007 production.

Spectre James Bond Film 2015

According to some sequences were shot outside the Department of Energy and Climate Change building in Whitehall (near Old Scotland Yard), a building which was also utilised for the rooftop scene between Bond and Moneypenny in Skyfall.

12 Nov 2012

City Hall Building

New photos from 12 November 2012:

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photos © Adrian Welch

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

London City Hall Building
photo © Nick Weall

City Hall

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.
– £65m
– 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

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photos © Adrian Welch

London City Hall, central London
Foster + Partners

Greater London Authority Building : Foster & Partners

Greater London Authority
City Hall
The Queen’s Walk
London SE1 2AA

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‘The Hill’ – proposal, Potters Field, southeast London
Design: Fieldwork
The Hill
image from University of Dundee PR 081007

Fieldwork – Kathryn Findlay
Public building focusing on sensory experiences adj. Tower Bridge for Simon Elliot

New building to east of GLA Buildings adj. Tower Bridge, Southwark:
Pavilions by DSDHA
pavilions by DSDHA
photograph © Adrian Welch

New Park adj. Tower Bridge
Gross.Max landscape architects

Key London Buildings by Foster + Partners

Swiss Re Building – 30 St Mary Axe
Swiss Re Tower
picture © Adrian Welch

Walbrook Square London
Walbrook Square London
picture from architects

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