1 Coleman Street - London, UK

Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Date Built
London Wall and Coleman Street
In his book, 21st Century London, The New Architecture, Kenneth Powell says that once critics described 1 Coleman Street as a, "blingtastic homage to Seifert" and you can see the point.  The "Interpane - Glass for Life" website describes the building as looking like,  " .. a huge crystal, in London’s historic centre.."  It adds that, " .. the nine-storey office building at One Coleman Street impresses with its unique vitreous facade. Each of the solar control glass panes is tilted at a different angle, in which the structural glazing was glued to the frame construction without any visible fasteners. None of the “prefab” steel parts were used more than six times. In spite of all these variations, the geometric shapes provide for an overall spatial symmetry. The building, however, also meets the highest technical demands (which) allow a lot of daylight into the building, in turn preventing the rooms from heating up too much in the summer and also providing effective thermal insulation on cold days."

The eight-storey office building was built for Legal & General Investment Management.

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