Design + Architecture

The Visionaries

by Suzanne Wales


On the horizon: Leadenhall Building, London

Rogers is set to become the architect who has most shaped London's financial district with the Leadenhall, an exciting new skyscraper near Saint Paul's Cathedral and located very close to the iconic Lloyd's Building and his other modernist classic, 88 Wood Street. Ever since he completed the Centre Pompidou in Paris (along with Renzo Piano), Rogers has been renowned for placing the inner workings of a building on the outside (the Lloyd's Building, also in London, showed this penchant at its peak). The Leadenhall Building, scheduled for completion in 2011, is an elegant glass-clad structure sloped to preserve protected views of the famous cathedral. It shows a more restrained hand in "bowelism" (as critics dubbed his trademark exposure of ducts, pipes, and elevators), but does include Rogers' trademark love of bold colors on the industrial-inspired, cladded facade.

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