150 Leadenhall Street
GMW were originally commissioned in the 1970s by three clients for a comprehensive redevelopment of this corner site. The proposed solution called for a 20 storey tower and two lower blocks, each of seven floors. Only two of the three structures were ever built. The tower, still standing to the north, became the HQ for Baring Brothers Bank (now Deutsche Bank), whilst the smaller block (number 150) became the London headquarters for Banque Belge and later Tokio Marine Europe. The two buildings share the same envelope. However on number 150, the proportions of the bays, combined with the overall and floor-to-floor heights, set back attic plant storey and double height ground and top floors, seem to work better and give the structure a certain elegance that its taller sibling appears to lack. The fašades are finely detailed and contribute to the building's almost Miesian refinement. The entrance canopy on the Leadenhall Street elevation is a later addition, dating from the late 1990s.