Lloyd's of London
Lloyd's of London is a dedicated Insurance House - it is not connected to Lloyd's Bank. It has often been described as London's Pompidou Centre, a building with which it shares a considerable amount of 'DNA'. It comprises of an annular ring of office space, 12 storeys high, dropping down to six - around a rectangular atrium - with all the ancilliary accommodation - lifts, stairs, toilets - located in separate stainless steel clad towers. The lifts in the tower are the first examples of all glass lift cars in the UK. The cladding of the atrium - 84 metres high - has been likened to Paxton's Crystal Palace. Internally, the atrium is renowned for having all the levels linked by escalators.