Willis building & Lloyd's building, the City of London
This is a photo showing the Willis building on the left, and part of the Lloyd's building on the right, both large office towers in London's main financial district, the City of London :
1 Willis building was designed by architect Sir Norman Foster (the Gherkin, the Millau Viaduc, the restored Reichtag in Berlin, the Hearst Tower in New York City, etc..), it is 125 metres tall, with 26 storeys and the building features a "stepped" design, which was intended to resemble the shell of a crustacean, with setbacks rising at 97 m and 68 m respectively. Constructed between 2004 and 2008, it was a significant addition to the London skyline, becoming the fourth tallest building in the City after Tower 42, 30 St Mary Axe and City Point.
1 Lloyd's building, of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London, located at 1, Lime Street is 88 metres to the roof, with 14 floors, it was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986. The first Lloyd's building (12 Leadenhall Street) was built on this site in 1928. In 1978, this original 1928 building was demolished to make way for the present one, however, its main entrance at 12 Leadenhall Street was preserved (see previous post on this photoblog).