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New home – different life?

How interesting that Rogers Stirk Harbour is to move into its own city building, the Leadenhall building, commonly known as the cheesegrater.

How interesting that Rogers Stirk Harbour is to move into its own city building, the Leadenhall building, commonly known as the cheesegrater. It is quite a big move for the practice geographically, from west London to the city. And also in terms of the working environment. No longer will there be river views and the proximity of Ruthie Rogers’ River Cafe. Instead they will be among city suits and facing the practice’s own Lloyds building.

The cheesegrater is the most liked of the current rash of city towers, and it seems to be cleverly conceived and executed (give or take a failing bolt or two). But it is still a corporate office, in that most corporate of places. The slightly hippy ethos that the practice has always espoused will not really be at home. Will the architects dress differently? Will they behave differently? Will they DESIGN differently? Only time will tell.

There is an irony in that the practice has designed such high-end flats that nobody in the practice coudl afford to live in one. So at least working in the places where it clients work, seems a sensible move. Part of the practice’s ethos is that its buildings should be flexible and able to adapt over time. Will the cheesegrater adapt to these surprising tenants? Or will they adapt to it?

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