London Bridge Quarters
The central city districts of London, especially the former docks and industrial quarters had seen intense redevelopment in the last years of twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first century. The London Bridge Quarter building, a 16 story office building was developed together with The Shard of London.
Just as its taller counterpart, this building is a fully glazed with low iron, crystal clear glass. The facade of this building shows the same character, with untrimmed mullion surfaces overhanging the mass of the building, making an impromptu effect.
The Quarter occupies, exactly as its name suggest, a small city quarter. The obtuse and acute angles of the building as well as the curved north facade complement the city streets and railway line. Albeit the upper stories of the building make a perfect extrusion of the block outline, at the street level, the building withdraws, creating additional space for the pedestrians and cars. The finishing of the ground floor: red brick walls, cast in place concrete columns and walls are sign of an architectural dialogue with the surroundings, simulating the columns and brick walls of the railroad overpasses and older city blocks. This symbolic attempt of connection of The Shard to the previously built environment makes this building a fine example of contextual thinking.
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