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well it was the launch last week and to give me a taste of what their new building is like willis invited me along. i can tell you it's quite stunning although naturally i was more interested in the views from it than the interiors as amazing as they are. took about 20 pics in all in and around it and here they are -


well here it is, complete with the concave entrance.



this is the top level terrace. 97.1 metres high, we'll get to there in a bit.


they have remodelled at ground level and we have recessed lower floor expanding the pavements inside the building envelope


this is the executive dining room on the 23rd floor


great views


and the executive terrace


our old friend the gherkin


great view of tower 42


you get a pretty good view of lloyds of london though its too close and big to photo in its entirety



this is the view from the associates terrace towards st pauls


and of the broadgate tower


and their restaurant that looks like this


if you want to take a look at the willis building yourself a little bird has told me they are going to be part of openhouse this year. next month - a tour of the under construction city lofts tower in sheffield, but unless you read that forum you'll blink and miss it.
 

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Can't these just be put in the relevant thread?
I think James was right to post this in the London Metro Area "homebase" section as well as in the buildings own thread (which I assume he will still do) in the completed projects section, where except the Willis thread there was no update on any thread for over a month - so I would assume that many people (including myself) would have missed his very worthwhile update. It's not every day one of us can attend a skyscraper opening tour, so I think the special occasion justifies an exception..
 

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I think this is a gorgeous building, restrained in many ways especially compared to the gherkin and the height of its current (and soon to be) taller neighbours. No matter though, good things so often come in smaller packages and the packaging on this (the cladding!) is just superb. I love the way you get that red tint as your eye travels up the building and the large roof terrace is a triumph, in terms of views it must be one of the best places in London to enjoy your lunch.

Nice pics James, will look forward to seeing any more if you have em!
 

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excellent stuff Gothic - does look like a wonderful building, and a great place to work for those at Willis. Its really just how midrises should turn out - not hulking or imposing on the skyline (Plantation Place), but graceful, novel and eyecatching. The concave reflective facade and its accentuating of Lloyds of London across the road is a great way of allowing buildings to relate to each other.
 

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Wish I could have made it James :) Great stuff
 
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