Bloomberg HQ, London



Architect
Foster + Partners
Date Built
Completion 2017
Location
Cannon Street & Walbrook
Description
This building on Cannon Street in the City of London is to be the European Headquarters of Bloomberg, a privately held software, data and media company. 



The architects say on their website that the building, "... is respectful of its location in the heart of the City of London, close to the Bank of England and two of Sir Christopher Wren’s finest buildings, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the church of St. Stephen’s Walbrook." adding that, "... At ten-storeys, the buildings’ height complements neighbouring structures and protects views of St Paul’s Cathedral. Their facades echo the classic hierarchy and proportions of the City’s historic buildings, with a two-storey colonnaded base, six office floors and two levels set back above the cornice line at the very top. Echoing the colours, textures and solidity of its neighbours, the façade combines sandstone with deep bronze blades."






It comprises two buildings linked by glazed bridges that are contained within a central retail arcade.  It is, "... designed to maximise natural ventilation, and integrates roof-mounted photovoltaic panels and a combined cooling heat and power system."












On the ground floor of the Bloomberg Building is a cultural space entiltled appropriate "Space".  It provides the public with access to the the remains of the Roman Temple of Mithras, known as The London Mithraeum. 



The temple, that dates from AD240, was first discovered in 1952 during the excavation of a WWII bomb site.  In the 1960s the temple was in the way of a new building and the decision was taken to move it and reconstruct it in a "convenient" location.  However, when Bloombergs acquired the site the decision was taken to recopnstruct the temple in its original position which is now in the basement of thgeir new European H Q.  Visitors enter into a gallery area showing contemporary art and a wall of artifacts uncovered during the excavation of the temple.





From here visitors descend into the basement stopping first to explore interactive displays offering in-depth information about Mithras and the temple.





From here you descend one more shallow flight of stairs to the temple itself displayted with the use of a sophisticated light and sound display









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