The Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA has awarded the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize to Bloomberg, London by Foster + Partners. The prestigious annual prize is awarded to the UK’s best new building.
Bloomberg’s pioneering new European HQ has been credited as the world’s most sustainable office and is thought to be the largest stone building in the City of London since St Paul’s Cathedral.
With a restrained exterior and dynamic interior to encourage collaboration, Bloomberg is comprised of two buildings connected by a bridge. Each sit either side of a new public arcade, which re-establishes an ancient Roman road. This complex scheme also incorporates new access to Bank Underground station, cafes and restaurants, and a museum displaying the Roman Temple of Mithras, which was discovered on the site sixty years ago.
Given its vast footprint (a whole city block), the client, Michael Bloomberg wanted to ensure the building would be a ‘good neighbour’. Three new public spaces open-up this area of the city and the sensitive, handcrafted sandstone exterior and bronze window ‘fin’ details ensure the building sits comfortably within its surroundings.
The procession through the building is dynamic and highly choreographed. On arrival, you enter the ‘Vortex’ – a dramatic double-height art work formed from three curved timber shells. From here, high-speed lifts carry you directly to the sixth floor ‘Pantry’ – a large concourse and café space with views across the City. A 210m high bronze ‘ramp’ that is wide enough for impromptu conversations without impeding the flow of people, winds down and links the office floors below. Workspaces are clustered in the wide open-plan floors which are filled with pioneering new technologies including multi-function ceilings fitted with 2.5 million polished aluminium ‘petals’ to regulate acoustics, temperature and light.
Speaking about Bloomberg, RIBA President Ben Derbyshire, said: ‘After vigorous debate, the jury reached a unanimous decision - Bloomberg’s new European HQ is a monumental achievement. The creativity and tenacity of Foster + Partners and the patronage of Bloomberg have not just raised the bar for office design and city planning, but smashed the ceiling. This building is a profound expression of confidence in British architecture – and perfectly illustrates why the UK is the profession’s global capital. This role and reputation must be maintained, despite the political uncertainty of Brexit.’
Lord Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners, said: ‘From our first discussions to the final details of the project, Mike Bloomberg and I had a ‘meeting of minds’ on every aspect of the project – its sustainable focus, commitment to innovation and drive to create the best workplace for Bloomberg employees. The RIBA Stirling Prize is a testament to the incredible collaborative spirit that has underpinned the entire project from start to finish.’
Michael Jones, Senior Partner and Lead Architect, Foster + Partners, said: ‘Behind every good building is a great client and Bloomberg is a testament to what is possible when the visions of client and architect align. We were continually supported and inspired by Mike Bloomberg and his team, who shared our values on innovation, sustainability and wellbeing to develop a pioneering new workplace for the future. We are delighted that Bloomberg has been awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize, as recognition of not only this special partnership, but also the immense collaboration by the entire team that underpinned and delivered the project.’
Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder of Bloomberg L.P. and Bloomberg Philanthropies, said: ‘When we embarked on this project, we wanted to create a cutting-edge design that would push the boundaries of what an office building could be, which meant setting new standards for openness and sustainability. At the same time, we wanted to honour London's history and contribute to its vitality. We knew that if we could achieve both objectives, we'd have a building that would inspire everyone who set foot inside it. This prize indicates that - thanks to the brilliant Norman Foster - we succeeded. And we're grateful to everyone who worked so hard to bring it to life.’
The 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize judges, chaired by Sir David Adjaye OBE, said: ‘Bloomberg is a once-in-a-generation project which has pushed the boundaries of research and innovation in architecture.
The design brief called for a building which could rise-up to the challenge of this loaded site and an information-driven environment. The architect worked exhaustively and collaboratively to design a building which perfectly responds to Bloomberg’s ambitions.
By building at a lower height than approved at planning, reserving parts of the site for public space, and using highly-detailed, handcrafted materials, Bloomberg shows a high level of generosity towards the City. This is a building of its place. Art has been commissioned as an integral part to enhance people’s experience of the spaces.
The design process involved unprecedented levels of research, innovation and experimentation, with pioneering new details and techniques tested, prototyped – sometimes at 1:1 scale – and rigorously improved.
The real success though is in the experience for staff, visitors or passers-by – how Bloomberg has opened up new spaces to sit and breathe in the City; the visceral impact of the roof-top view across to St Paul’s from the concourse space, the energy of descending the helix ramp or settling into a desk in one of the dynamic new workspaces.
This ground-breaking project demonstrates what is possible through close collaboration between highly-skilled, imaginative architects and a deadly sophisticated, civic-minded client. Bloomberg is an astounding commitment to quality architecture.’
Bloomberg was chosen as the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize winner from the following outstanding shortlisted entries:
- Bushey Cemetery, Hertfordshire by Waugh Thistleton Architects
- Chadwick Hall, University of Roehampton, London by Henley Halebrown
- New Tate St Ives, Cornwall by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev
- Storey's Field Centre and Eddington Nursery, Cambridge by MUMA
- The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Worcester College, Oxford by Niall McLaughlin Architects
The jury for the 2018 Prize was comprised of: Sir David Adjaye OBE (Chair); RIBA President, Ben Derbyshire; 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize winner, Alex de Rijke; former Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Jude Kelly CBE and Almacantar Property Director, Kathrin Hersel. Architect Simon Sturgis was appointed as sustainability advisor.
Foster + Partners have won the RIBA Stirling Prize on two previous occasions: Imperial War Museum, Duxford in 1998 and 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin), London in 2004.
15/10/2018 07:26 by Buildington
Bloomberg Place was launched on the 24th of October at an event hosted by the founder of Bloomberg Michael R. Bloomberg, in the company of Lord Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
Lord Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman, Foster + Partners, commented: “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.
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.
Michael Jones, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners and Project Architect of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters said: “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”.
02/11/2017 06:54 by Buildington
Danny Nightingale of TClarke talks of progress at Bloomberg Place.
“TClarke has worked on many iconic projects in the City of London, but this really is an outstanding building. The design is by Foster and partners and achieves a BREEAM Outstanding rating. What you notice right across the project is the sheer quality of the materials and the attention to detail within the design. From a practical point of view for us working onsite, this means having a team of people whose motivation and approach is of the highest order - because the working environment is crammed full of extremely valuable materials and finishes - so you need to work with great care. Indeed, the unique location of the site means that we’ve been working on top of some of the UK’s most exciting archaeological excavations - and that an archaeological museum - the London Mithreaum - will be incorporated within the finished development.
“For me, it’s a classic TClarke project, working with Stanhope and the Principal Contractor for Sir Robert McAlpine in a collaborative way to deliver a top, top project. There are so many details here in the design that contribute to the energy efficiency, the quality of the working environment and the sheer beauty of the place - these light fittings behind me (pictured) are just one of many examples I could give you.”
“We are now in the stages of completing the installation on the Shell & Core and fit out within the North building and well in to the commissioning phase, the South building still in the installation phase. As with any major TClarke project, the scope of works gives you an idea of the range and complexity of works we’re delivering.”
Read more at www.tclarke.co.uk 2.2.2017
06/02/2017 08:52 by Buildington
New photos of Bloomberg Place development!
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