Recreating a Quarry Wall Through a Lobby Installation at 100 Bishopsgate

100 Bishopgate, London. Architects Allies + Morrison.
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100 Bishopsgate is a development of two mixed-used buildings in London’s financial district. On the walls of the ground floor and lobby, a wide range of Lasa White marble from Carrara, Italy was used to welcome visitors to the complex.

Designed, by Allies and Morrison and Arney Fender Katsalidis (AFK), the 100 Bishopsgate site spans between St. Ethelburga’s Church and Camomile Street, with Clerks Lane separating the two portions. The main 55-story tower is anchored by five contiguous podium floors, each encompassing 44,000 square feet of space, while the lobby alone spans 17,000 square feet.

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100 Bishopgate, London. Architects Allies + Morrison.

On the ground floor of the main tower, intricately designed stone walls, elevator cabs and shafts, and an expansive reception desk were crafted using Lasa White marble from Euromarble in Carrara, Italy. The stone demands attention from all angles when entering the building.

Morrison shared that the design concept for the lobby “expresses the core as the grounding element,” while the floors and ceiling are expressed as “plates that radiate from this solid core.”

100 Bishopgate, London. Architects Allies + Morrison.

More than 16,000 square feet of the Lasa White marble was supplied by Euromarble—14,440 square feet of 3-cm-thick panels for the walls and 1,700 square feet of cut-to-size pieces with honeycomb backing for the elevator cabs/shafts and reception desk.

Despite the variety of intricate processes required for the design and installation of 100 Bishopsgate, the project was successfully completed in 2019 and has received various accolades. The project received a 2019 Natural Stone Institute Pinnacle Award in the Commercial Interior category.

100 Bishopgate, London. Architects Allies + Morrison.

Despite the variety of intricate processes required for the design and installation of 100 Bishopsgate, the project was successfully completed in 2019 and has received various accolades. The project received a 2019 Natural Stone Institute Pinnacle Award in the Commercial Interior category.

“The architects valued the expertise the stone importers brought to the project and their dedicated team who helped realize the concept through their careful composition of the digital dry-lay process to match the marble background and veins,” Arney said. “It is for all these reasons that 100 Bishopsgate is a significant project to the architects on the team.”

Source: usenaturalstone.org