London City Hall (London, England) : Plaza with subterranean outdoor theatre (called "The Scoop"), looking east with the Tower Bridge in the distance

Creator:
Foster + Partners, founded as Foster Associates 1967; renamed ca. 1999
Published/Created:
Southwark, The Queen's Walk, More London, London, England, United Kingdom
completed 2002
Physical Description:
500 m (height, helical walkway)
Date Depicted:
5/24/2007
1950 AD - 2010 AD
Materials:
blue limestone
glass
stainless steel
Notes:
It houses the assembly chamber for the 25 elected members of the London Assembly and the offices of the Mayor and 500 staff of the Greater London Authority. The building is set within the new More London development on the south bank of the Thames, bringing a rich mix of office buildings, shops, cafes and landscaped public spaces to a section of the riverside that has remained undeveloped for decades. More than half of the total site area is given over to public space, including two large piazzas equivalent in size to Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. A new streetscape will create dramatic vistas of landmarks such as HMS Belfast and the Tower of London. An underground road, which gives common access to a service infrastructure shared by all the new buildings, has enabled the entire site to be kept completely free of vehicles. This has facilitated the creation of a new, completely pedestrianised public realm along the riverside, which will be accessible 24 hours a day. The buildings cooling system utilises cold ground water pumped up via boreholes from the water table and passed through chilled beams in the ceilings.
Variant Titles:
Greater London Authority Building
Topics:
Architecture -- Britain -- 20th century -- (YVRC)
Architecture -- Britain -- 21st century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Twenty-first century
Culture:
British
Accession Number:
1A1-FPA-LCH-B6
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
architectural exteriors; contemporary (1960 to present); Architecture and energy conservation; Sustainable buildings; Green architecture; passive ventilation; government construction buildings; public buildings; municipal buildings; city halls
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Module Four
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
5/24/2007
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10103850
PID:
digcoll:1833313