Bloomburg HQ in London wins Riba architecture prize

Bloomburg HQ in London wins Riba architecture prize
Foster + Partners Bloomberg HQ wins Stirling Prize 2018
The British international studio, founded in 1967 by Norman Foster, won the biggest prize in UK architecture for a £1 billion office, described as the largest stone building built in the City of London since St Pauls Cathedral.

“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,” said Derbyshire.

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“This building is a profound expression of confidence in British architecture – and perfectly illustrates why the UK is the professions global capital. This role and reputation must be maintained, despite the political uncertainty of Brexit.”

The Stirling prize in recent years has become almost anti-mainstream architecture – Peter and Goliath – under the assumption by most of the very small practitioners who service the selection process that big architecture cant be any good and this is our way at getting back at the big architects. Hence the bizarre shortlists over recent years and most bizarrely, the award being given to a pier last year and before that, an exhibition in the North of England. All that devalues the award and says more about the RIBA not managing the judging process and not harnessing the value of such a high proclaimed award.Many of the judges who visit the buildings have had no direct experience of large scale buildings- many are the sandal wearing, part time teaching fraternity with all their little axes to grind. This is unfortunate and dilutes the Stirlings ability to to really showcase great British architecture. I felt it quite disingenuous that one of the correspondents above should hinting at inappropriateness when the Stirling winning building was mired by a raft of poor publicity, delays and change of use that did little to promote good British Architecture. The Stirling prize miraculously survived this but I doubt it can survive, despite the noyable exception this year, its been taken over by architects who dont really build but have time to visit. We all know who they are. Perhaps the prize should be awarded every three years and like s good wine, give time for the crud and sediment to fall away,

Encompassing an entire block of central London, the Bloomberg HQ is formed of two blocks connected by a bridge. Great slabs of Derbyshire sandstone and fins of hand-patinated Japanese bronze form the grand facade of the ten-storey building, which claims to be the “worlds most sustainable office”.

I wholeheartedly agree with Phil Parker. The mean mouthed social justice warrior reviews chosen above by the AJ and RIBA establishment, to the exclusion of others, does nothing to celebrate the spectacular things that architects can achieve that others cannot. The creation of a design company that can orchestrate such a building is not born overnight and it takes a determined and single- minded profession-leader to do it. So celebrate it instead of showing bitching envy. I think the pier was most unappealing and had none of the design bravura of a great Victorian pier. It didnt create a memorable icon and went un-noticed to the broader public nationally, and in that sense didnt have the ability to act as a flagship to show the public that architects should be used instead of the rag tag of others who are invading our role with less inspired outcomes. A tad harsh, but if the RIBA is to front the BUSINESS of architecture so that we can all prosper, it needs to seriously re-consider how it can affect the level of mediocrity in the areas where the bulk of the profession work: monster cottage private housing and dreary workplace buildings. Areas that are sneered at by the overtly left leaning sjw architectural media and institutions. However, I would applaud some of the above reviewers such as Alan Dunlop who straddle the divide with good outcomes.

“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,” said Norman Foster.

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“The RIBA Stirling Prize is a testament to the incredible collaborative spirit that has underpinned the entire project from start to finish.”

I have been arguing for years that the Stirling Prize “concept” is not fit for purpose and needs a radical rethink. Clearly you cannot compare chalk with cheese and to do so risks alienating the wider publics understanding and appetite for Architecture. Ed Jones (above) beat me to the point that the Stirling Prize needs to evolve into a wider platform “the oscars” of Architecture, celebrating the best architecture within a number of widely different genre. If done well the profession may be able to recapture TV interest beyond a 5 minute slot on the BBC news channel. Bloomberg is a brilliant building and has been uncritically compared to St. Pauls – ironic as they serve different faiths.Chris Roche / Founder 11.04 Architects

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A pedestrian path runs through the site, re-opening the route of a once-forgotten Roman road. In the bowels of the great stone building the mystical Temple of Mithras has been returned to its former location, with a new interactive museum experience for visitors.

Stephen Hodder, of Hodder + Partners and winner of the first Stirling PrizeThere is little doubt that Bloomberg is an excellent bravura piece of architecture and congratulations to Foster + Partners and their client. But the RIBA Stirling Prize was conceived to celebrate a building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in a given year. Increasingly the prize makes a statement about a future direction in architecture, and architectures social purpose has never been more imperative. I believe other buildings on the shortlist are more emblematic of this direction, and make a contribution in more profound ways.

Video: Bloomberg, London by Foster + Partners

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After vigorous debate, the jury reached a unanimous decision — Bloombergs new European HQ is a monumental achievement, said RIBA President Ben Derbyshire in a statement. 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 professions global capital. This role and reputation must be maintained, despite the political uncertainty of Brexit.

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‘bloomberg, london,’ designed by foster + partners, has won the 2018 RIBA stirling prize — the annual award that celebrates the UKs best new architecture. the company’s new european headquarters — credited as the worlds most sustainable office — comprises two environmentally friendly buildings connected by a bridge. read more about the project in our previous article, and see the other shortlisted entries here.

the bronze fins on the building’s exterior can open to allow fresh air inside image by james newton

“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,” says Norman Foster, of Foster + Partners.

after vigorous debate, the jury reached a unanimous decision – bloombergs new european HQ is a monumental achievement,’ says RIBA president ben derbyshire. ‘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 professions global capital. this role and reputation must be maintained, despite the political uncertainty of brexit.

“A 210m high bronze ‘ramp’ — 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 aluminum ‘petals’ to regulate acoustics, temperature and light.”

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,’ explains norman foster, founder and executive chairman, foster + partners. ‘the RIBA stirling prize is a testament to the incredible collaborative spirit that has underpinned the entire project from start to finish.

an installation by olafur eliasson crowns the vortex, a dynamic foyer and gathering space image by nigel young

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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,’ adds michael r. bloomberg, founder of bloomberg. ‘at the same time, we wanted to honor 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.

Norman Foster 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.

‘bloomberg is a once-in-a-generation project which has pushed the boundaries of research and innovation in architecture,’ says david adjaye, who chaired the RIBA jury. ‘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 bloombergs ambitions.’

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 rooftop view across to St Pauls from the concourse space, the energy of descending the helix ramp or settling into a desk in one of the dynamic new workspaces.

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By building at a lower height than approved at planning, reserving parts of the site for public space, and using highly-detailed, hand-crafted 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 peoples experience of the spaces.

the design takes inspiration from the petals of jasmine blossom, a floral symbol of the rapidly expanding city.

Given its size, the client, Michael Bloomberg, the founder of Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and the eleventh richest person in the world, wanted the building to be a good neighbour, with the inclusion of public space and the sensitively designed sandstone and bronze exterior.

the design takes inspiration from the petals of jasmine blossom, a floral symbol of the rapidly expanding city.

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Visitors enter the building through the Vortex, a double-height artwork formed from three timber shells, before proceeding via high-speed lift to the sixth-floor Pantry concourse and café space with views across the City.

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An extension of the postmodern art gallery in Cornwall, called New Tate St Ives, by Jamie Fobert Architects with Evans & Shalev doubles the exhibition space and creates a new public walkway connecting the town to the beach.

four other firms – cox architecture, elenberg fraser, warren and mahoney, and zaha hadid architects – were shortlisted for the project, which is set to be »

The building incorporates both public and private space, with two buildings connected by a bridge sitting on either side of a new public arcade, which re-establishes an ancient Roman road.

four other firms – cox architecture, elenberg fraser, warren and mahoney, and zaha hadid architects – were shortlisted for the project, which is set to be completed in 2022.

the timber-clad five-storey structure contains generously proportioned homes with 3.5-meter-high ceilings (11.5 ft) and outdoor terraces.

the timber-clad five-storey structure contains generously proportioned homes with 3.5-meter-high ceilings (11.5 ft) and outdoor terraces.

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