Monday, January 26, 2009
London City Hall
London City Hall (2001) designed by Norman Foster is located on the banks of the River Thames. The building houses the offices of the Greater London Authority. The curvilinear glass building has been designed to express the transparency and accessibility of the democratic process. The form of the building has been designed to minimise the surface area which is exposed to direct sunlight and has been generated by geometrically modifying a sphere.
The interior features a 500m spiraling ramp that ascends to the top of the building. A similar ramp was used in Foster's renovation of the Reichstag.