‘One glimpses bits of gleaming stainless steel, or electric-blue light at night, patched onto the sober City landscape. More like a vertical street, its close proximity to other buildings allows it physically to penetrate its surroundings.
The unusual configuration is a result of its location within the irregular medieval street pattern and the dominant philosophy of the architect that the building should appear to be assembled from a ‘kit of parts’
… All the structural details are fully on display, giving the viewer an understanding of just how the building is supported and braced.
‘Inside, the atmosphere is awesomely cathedral-like… Light pours down into the canyon-like atrium space and additional light comes from large fittings, which also act as air extractors, set into the ceiling. The triple-glazed external cladding skin acts as an air duct from ceiling to floor.’
Source: Samantha Hardingham in London: a guide to recent architecture
Found on: www.galinsky.com/buildings/lloyds/