AD Classics: Lloyd’s of London Building / Richard Rogers

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After the completion of Centre Pompidou in 1977 with Renzo Piano, was commissioned to design a new building to replace the original Lloyd’s insurance building in .  It would be the second expansion in the history of the company’s headquarters due to the overcrowded conditions of hundreds of people working with international insurance cases.  Completed in1986, the Lloyd’s building brought a high-tech architectural aesthetic to the medieval financial district of that was previous implemented in the design of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Since 1928, the site has been home to the Lloyd’s of London; one of the largest insurance firms in the world dating back to the 17th Century.   After it originated in the 17th Century, the Lloyd’s of London has grown from an insurance company dealing from within the United Kingdom to working on a global scale, taking on staff and clientele at an unprecedented rate, which has required several expansions; the largest and most prominent being Roger’s.