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Rothschild Bank Headquarters / OMA

  • 01:00 - 9 December, 2011
Rothschild Bank Headquarters / OMA
Rothschild Bank Headquarters / OMA

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  • Architects

  • Location

    St Swithin’s Lane, City of London
  • Partners In Charge

    Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon
  • Architect

    Elisa Simonetti
  • Partner In Charge

    Robert Maxwell
  • Project Architect

    Andrew Dean
  • Executive Architect

    Allies and Morrison Architects
  • Project Manager

    Carol Patterson
  • Project Managers

    Kunle Adeyemi, Adrianne Fisher
  • Structure, Services, Fire Engineering

  • Planning Consultants

  • Townscape Adviser

    Peter Stewart Consultancy
  • Lighting

    Gia Equation
  • Client

    NM Rothschild & Sons
  • Site

    New Court, enclosed in cluster of buildings, adjacent to the 17th century St. Stephen Walbrook church; with main entrance on the narrow St. Swithin’s Lane
  • Program

    Office headquarters: 13,000m2
  • Cost Consultants

    Davis Langdon
  • Construction Manager

    Lend Lease
  • Property Consultants

    Knight Frank Newmark
  • Archaeology

  • Project Year


From the architect. OMA recently completed their first building in London. The new 21,000sqm building is located in the narrow medieval alley of St Swithin's Lane, in the heart of the City, a dense context where OMA's precise intervention is able to blend and become an active urban piece.

The building, thanks to its structural steel design, is lifted from the ground exposing new situations, connections and views, detonator of a new  streetscape where the public realm is as important as the office space above.

You can see Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon discussing this project on a video posted earlier at ArchDaily.

OMA's design for New Court is the fourth iteration of NM Rothschild & Sons' London headquarters, all of them built on the increasingly dense and architecturally rich site on St. Swithin's Lane, a narrow medieval alley in the heart of the City.

M. Rothschild established residence at New Court in 1809. In 1865 the first of two Rothschild- commissioned New Court bank buildings was completed. One hundred years later, the Victorian New Court, which Rothschild had long since outgrown, was demolished and replaced with a new building, which proved to be even more short-lived and obscured views of Christopher Wren’s domed church of St. Stephen Walbrook, built in 1677.

The current rebuilding of New Court offers the opportunity to reinstate a visual connection between St. Swithin's Lane and St. Stephen Walbrook. Instead of competing as accidental neighbours, the church and New Court now form a twinned urban ensemble, an affinity reinforced by the proportional similarity of their towers.

New Court comprises a central cube of ten efficient and flexible open-plan office floors, which facilitate views over St. Stephen’s and the surrounding City. This cube is linked to four adjoining annexes, with meeting rooms, enclosed offices, vertical circulation, reception areas, and a staff cafe and gym. The top of this central cube features a landscaped roof garden with outdoor meeting areas. This in turn is overlooked by a Sky Pavilion – a small tower with three double-height storeys peering out over the city – which houses meeting and dining rooms and a multifunctional panorama room with extraordinary and unfamiliar views across the City, including St. Paul Cathedral.

The central cube has a distinctive repeated pattern of structural steel columns embedded in the façade. At street level, the entire cube is lifted to create generous pedestrian access to the tall glass lobby and a covered forecourt that opens a visual passage to St. Stephen Walbrook and its churchyard – creating a surprising moment of transparency in the otherwise constrained opacity of the medieval streetscape.

The new building unites all of Rothschild's London staff in one location for the first time in decades. A reading room and space for displaying the family's archive ground the new building in the bank's illustrious history. Through the reconnection of two precious open spaces in the City – the courtyard of New Court and the churchyard of St. Stephen Walbrook – the new New Court promises to transform St. Swithin's Lane.

Team: Jarek Kubik, Nina Sahebkar, Billy Choi (A&M), Andrew Dean (A&M), Saskia Simon, Katrien van Dijk, Jonah Gamblin, Anna Tjumina, Christine Peters (A&M), Mariana Rodrigues (A&M), Anna Pribylova, Lucia Zamponi, Nurdan Yakup, Jad Semaan

Competition team: Matthew Logan Murphy, Jason Long, Anna Little, Haiko Cornelissen, Tiago Branco, Claire Destrebecq, Gustavo Guimarães, Marta Rodríguez Fernández, Nicolas Firket, Pascal Lestringant, Manuel Pelicano Moreira, Leoni Wenz

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Eric C. · December 25, 2011

I just visited this building today on Christmas, since all of London is quiet and easy to get around. Bt when I approached the building for photographs a short, perturbed security guard approached me and told me to erase my photos and to leave the "transformative" forecourt at once. I know this is not what OMA had in mind when they designed a public connection between to large open areas. I feel disappointed for the public when some small man with a severe Napoleon complex can rob us of appreciating public architecture.

çi?dem e?im · December 18, 2011

rüyamda rothschild binas?ndan , de?i?ik ???n silhahlar? ve elektromanyetik dalgalarla bizi patlatmaya çal???yorlard?

ASBCLLC · December 11, 2011

#Rothschild_Bank_Headquarters / #OMA
#Building_Buddy #architecture via @archdaily

alexis · December 11, 2011

now that&#39s what I call "architecture for humanity" #definitely #not

Stan · December 11, 2011

Rothschild do not need no revolution.

Stuart Wheeler · December 10, 2011

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yasushi nakamura · December 10, 2011

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Marco Saba · December 10, 2011

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Robledo · December 10, 2011

Mr. Koolhaas in on a dilema, this building is Very simple. Where are the revolutionary ideias?

Knut Eric Wingsch · December 10, 2011

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Travel Writer · December 10, 2011

RT| Rothschild Bank Headquarters / OMA: Forecourt and St Stephen Walbrook at night © OMA by Philippe ... @archdaily

Sam Van Aert · December 10, 2011

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