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Old May 21st, 2014, 07:21 PM   #2281
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Stunning photos. Amazing what a bit of sun can do!
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Old May 22nd, 2014, 04:02 PM   #2282
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Looks great from every angle!
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Old May 28th, 2014, 12:03 PM   #2283
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Old July 7th, 2014, 09:37 PM   #2284
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Here's the PBS Documentary on the Leadenhall Building.

Just stumbled across this show on my TV, might be of interest to those in the UK who prefer Kieren Bew' narration to Corey Johnson'

London's Cheese Grater | Super Skyscrapers | Channel 5
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This week’s programme focuses on the building commonly known as the Cheese Grater, or more properly, the Leadenhall Building. A prime example of London’s avant-garde architecture, the building epitomises the very best of British engineering. Designed as a tapered tower with a steel exoskeleton, it is not only the tallest skyscraper within the City of London but also the most innovative.

Filmed over the course of a year, this programme follows the rise of a skyscraping game-changer. The teams behind the Leadenhall Building radically rethought every aspect of the traditional building model as they constructed a skyscraper in the heart of the City. It was constructed off-site, delivered to location and then stacked and bolted together like a giant Lego set.

The huge building blocks had to be squeezed through the narrow corridors of the City to get to the site. Components the size of houses were knitted together inside a steel skeleton. Every aspect of every job on this revolutionary skyscraper is full of complexities.

The programme features some of the architects, engineers, steel erectors and planners who worked on the project and developed the most experimental skyscraper technology. It also follows the teams as they troubleshoot the new technology and attempt to keep the project within budget and on schedule.
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Old August 13th, 2014, 07:44 PM   #2285
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Just published on Guardian's website:

Inside the Cheesegrater – London's latest skyscraper
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Old August 13th, 2014, 08:18 PM   #2286
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Peaking into this shot of mine:


The skyline of London
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Looks great in the day and imo works well with its neighbour!


The Cheese Grater reflecting
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Old August 13th, 2014, 11:59 PM   #2287
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Old August 14th, 2014, 01:03 AM   #2288
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Last photo is amazing. It was made to be next to the St. Helens tower.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 02:19 PM   #2289
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The skyline of London
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This is a particularly interesting shot because Canary Wharf and the City look as if they almost coalesce into one another. AS if there is a continuum of skyscrapers stretching from the far East of London towards the City itself. Which obviously is not the case in reality.
Amazingly, should you look attentively, you can spot St.Paul's dome and spire, obviously dwarfed by the almost menacingly rigid geometry of Cheese Grater's.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 03:46 PM   #2290
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Inside the Cheesegrater - Video // The Leadenhall Building:

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/business/...l-cheesegrater

Absolutely brilliant video by The Guardian about London's latest addition. Great insight into the interior of the tower.

Certainly one of the greatest designed towers of the decade - internationally.

What do you guys think?
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Old August 24th, 2014, 08:35 PM   #2291
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http://www.theguardian.com/artanddes...small-ambition



The Cheesegrater – a tower of no small ambition

Overlook, if you can, its crass shape and enjoy instead the dazzling details that elevate Richard Rogers's Cheesegrater

Rowan Moore

The Observer, Sunday 24 August 2014


The Leadenhall building, aka Cheesegrater, is ‘the reverse of the Gherkin, which looks good on the skyline but gets dumber as you get closer’. Photograph: Sonja Horsman for the Observer


Someone has told the bouncers to be nice. It is now standard for architectural anoraks like myself to find ourselves challenged by smile-less security as we go about our blameless business – no loitering, no photography, no looking, as if al-Qaida scouts would do their dastardly work in this way or as if, years after the invention of the camera phone, photography can be controlled as it could in the age of the tripod. But not at the base of the Cheesegrater. Here, you can ride the escalators, take snaps and engage the wardrobe-shouldered gentlemen in conversations about architecture.

Which is just as well, as much of the Cheesegrater's claim to be special, to be more than just another commercial tower, rests on the zone beneath its overhanging mass, described as a "public space". Accuracy requires it to be pointed out that it is not in fact public space, being controlled by the developers British Land and Oxford Properties, but privately owned, publicly accessible space, which might now be called Popas for short. Still, it is something most skyscrapers don't offer, and a few arsey guards would wreck the positivity generated by this gift of valuable cubic metres and its expensive landscaping.

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‘It is big, but adapts itself to the street.’ Photograph: Sonja Horsman for the Observer

As of a few days ago the hoardings have come down sufficiently for the public to enter this zone. It is, first of all, magnificent, a steel hypostyle in which the weight of the tower above your head comes to earth through a grove of graceful struts. They frame new views of surrounding buildings – the Gherkin, the medieval/Tudor church of St Andrew Undershaft, and the Lloyd's building, which, like the Cheesegrater, was designed by Richard Rogers's practice, now called Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. Lloyd's, a Grade I listed 80s classic, looks steampunk next to the newcomer's greater refinement.

Its generosity is less in pavement area than in volume. This void is several storeys high, a chunk of space that, in the 1930s, would have been enough to fit a banking palazzo in Portland stone. If, as the medieval German proverb had it, city air makes you free, City air is expensive, and it's an unfamiliar experience to get this much room in the Square Mile, outside St Paul's Cathedral or a livery hall. Drama is added by escalators and lifts that, in ways beloved of these architects, both plunge through the space and display the wheels, rods and wires that make them work. As a homage to their 1970s selves, when Piano and Rogers designed the Pompidou Centre in Paris, big, fat air ducts rise from the ground.

You certainly know that this is Popas, not public space. The switch in paving on the boundary line tells you so, as do the interesting species of tree, the ultra-green of the grass and the patrolling (friendly) security. But Popas, as long as you are clear in your terms, does not have to be a bad thing. The Cheesegrater's version avoids the common Popas habit of being a shopping mall in disguise – the signs are up announcing opportunities for buying macaroons and smoothies, all pastel against the grey steel, but they don't dominate.

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The ‘ultra-green’ grass of the so-called public space. Photograph: Sonja Horsman for the Observer

It is more in danger of being an office lobby with the walls left off, and there's a bit of confusion about how much it is corporate and how much social. The escalators are not quite the liberating devices they were on the Pompidou Centre, where they took citizens on a free ride to the sky, but take you to a smallish landing beyond which (unless you have business in the building) you cannot go. So you have to turn round and go back down.

The general splendour is gravely threatened by some bum notes. For when it comes to being in the space as opposed to looking at it, it gets more awkward. Those exciting escalators chew up room, such that the places for sitting and passing the time of day feel left over – whatever could be squeezed in after the architecture has had its fun. They are further compromised by some seriously strange and intrusive glass screens. (Windbreaks? Security? Preparation for the day when the owners want, after all, to close the place off a bit more?) Clumsy balustrades, to stop you banging your head on the underside of the escalators, don't help either.

So the Cheesegrater's Popas is a combination of the very good and the not good that is familiar to students of the hi-tech style, of which this is a late flowering. The lift machinery is dazzling, but the places to sit are pretty dreadful. Something similar could be said of the flawed glory of the Lloyd's building across the street.

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The escalalators ‘take you to a smallish landing beyond which (unless you have business in the building) you cannot go’. Photograph: Sonja Horsman for the Observer

It could also be said of the exterior of, to give it its official name, the Leadenhall building. For the exterior is, much of the time, really beautiful. Where most new buildings wrap themselves in cladding, this selectively reveals its structure and workings, in a way that allows different degrees of scale, and of strength and delicacy, from sheer glass to robust steel, to the filigree workings of lifts. There is joy in its making, with visible bolts and junctions that are considered in relation to the whole. It is a building with detail, scale, light and shadow. It offers different appearances to different aspects. It is big, but adapts itself to the street.

Above all, it has layers of transparency, reflection and depth. Rather than an opaque carapace, it offers continually changing glimpses through and across its surfaces that, as well as creating simple visual fascination, communicate a sense of its inner life. It's a giant machine that shows itself to be a living, if not exactly a breathing, thing. Perhaps its greatest moment is its back, or northern elevation, sheer vertical, where more fun is had with lifts. It is a 700ft ballet of precisely considered mechanisms, where even the counterweights, set within coloured frames, resemble works of art. It's a celebration of technical civilisation that invites you to be amazed at the things that people can do.

But then there's the shape. Why is it a wedge? What is good or interesting about it? The official explanation is that it's shaped this way to get out of the backdrop of views of St Paul's, when seen down Fleet Street, but this ignores the other 359 degrees from which views might be had, and its relationships with other buildings, which are plain clumsy. There were other ways than a crude triangle to deal with the Fleet Street view.

The Cheesegrater, in fact, is the reverse of the Gherkin, which looks good on the skyline but gets dumber as you get closer. It is also likely to be the best of the new London towers: it was conceived more than a decade ago, when building tall was still considered such a privilege that planners, like medieval priests selling indulgences, could demand such things from developers as the generous Popas and general quality of design. The 200-plus towers now on the way face no such rigour. So, despite its faults, we should appreciate its considerable qualities. They won't make them like they used to.
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Old August 24th, 2014, 09:32 PM   #2292
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They critisize the triangular shape, but that is one of its best features.
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Old August 24th, 2014, 10:13 PM   #2293
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Old August 25th, 2014, 02:32 PM   #2294
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I simply love this building
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Old September 15th, 2014, 05:50 PM   #2295
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Photograph: Jason Hawkes/Barcroft Media

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Old September 15th, 2014, 06:38 PM   #2296
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Now, now if that aint classy. This building do complements the Lloyds not to mention its a nice one too.
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 02:31 PM   #2298
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What is this tube indicated by the red arrow?

Guy structural or pipe plant? could be the rain to drain the water of the glass roof? In the render I had never seen ...


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This is the bottom of that cable / drain thing. Looks fancy, not sure what it is...

Fantastic building by the way!
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Old September 22nd, 2014, 02:53 PM   #2299
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Now, now if that aint classy. This building do complements the Lloyds not to mention its a nice one too.
It helps that they're designed by the same person!
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Old September 24th, 2014, 04:21 PM   #2300
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Photo: High Level/Rex

Cheese Grater on the left of the Gherkin, clearly visible on a closer look.
The Shard on the left, the Heron and the rest, there they are all in the background. The mighty s-shaped Thames, surreally blue unlike in reality.
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