The Willis Building - 51 Lime Street, London, UK

Sir Norman Foster
Date Built
51 Lime Street
The building's stepped design is intended to resemble the shell of a shrimp, but it is no shrimp in fact when it was completed it was the fourth tallest in London at 97 metres.

The name reflects the fact that it was pre-let to the Willis Group, a risk management company and insurance intermediary.  Foster + Partners say of it that, " ... the project is significant in both urban and environmental terms. Open and integrated at street level, its shops and caf├ęs extend the spirit of nearby Leadenhall Market."

The building's huge reflective glass front wall stands above the public space separating it from the Lloyd's Building.

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