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Headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

Headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

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SIS Building

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85 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP
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Completion:
January 1994
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Description of SIS Building

Headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

This building is a monumental edifice in the post-modem style with strong art deco revival influences designed by Sir Terry Farrell (perhaps the most prolific and most well-known postmodem architects of the last quarter of me C20th) and built between 1989 and 1992. Its enormous bulk is successfully broken down with a series of interlocking terraces which are part of its formal symmetry - architectural critic Charles Jencks has described this edifice as 'a ziggurat of masonry syncopating into a glass pyramid*. The original design incorporate pyramidal conifer trees on the high level terraces which take full advantage of fine riverfront views and me development includes a new riverside wall, promenade and landscaped gardens with fountains and a circular stone pergola marking the comer of the promenade and the return walkway which runs back along the inlet of Lack's Dock.

Source: lambeth.gov.uk
(Report by: Chief Executives Office-Community Renewal: Strategic Plannin)

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