Case Study 133 88 Wood Street London EC2 1990

Architects: Richard Rogers Partnership

This is an impressive all-glass building situated on a prominent site at the junction of London Wall and Wood Street in the heart of the City of London. Through the glass box a fine lift and stair is the main feature. The dog-leg stair rises within a glass tube with bright yellow steelwork for the internal framework. This contrasts with the stainless steel cladding of the service nodes at the Lloyd's Building by the same architect. The stair has open metal trays supported on folded metal brackets; the treads and landings are covered with 5 mm black ribbed rubber surface with 25 x 52 mm natural anodized aluminium nosing.

It is the lifts, also with bright yellow stanchions, which are the most spectacular: completely glass framed, including floor, ceiling, sides and doors. Like wall-climber lifts, one can view all the mechanics, pulleys etc. from both the lift lobby and the pavement outside. Many years ago a curtain wall office block had to add a courtesy panel to the lower part of each window panel because the typists complained that passers-by could look up their skirts as they walked or drove past. Let us hope that trousers or tight skirts are worn to obviate any such problems as the lift rises above eye level.

Figure 13.3a View of lift x;

Figure 13.3a View of lift

Figure 133b Perspective sketch of staircase construction (Architect's Journal)
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