Graham Stirk: The Leadenhall Building, The Servant & The Served

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The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 2015 © Richard Bryant. Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties

In this talk Graham Stirk discusses the Leadenhall Building – a speculative office tower in London’s financial district. The tower is inclined along the south side to avoid blocking a key view of St Paul’s Cathedral, with core services housed in a vertical “cassette” on the north side. The concept of distinct served and servant spaces, borrowed from Louis Kahn, recurs throughout the work of the practice.

Stirk also explores the challenges of building across the street from the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping – the first building he worked on after graduation and, in contrast to Leadenhall, one of the most bespoke office buildings on the planet, and explains the 11 year lag between commission and completion.

Recorded at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ office in London in March 2015.

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