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ECOBuilder-Specifiers Journal spring2018

22 SPECIFIERS JOURNAL -

22 SPECIFIERS JOURNAL - SPRING 2018

distinctive hypotrochoid stepped ramp, characterised by its smooth continuous three-dimensional loop, flows through the full height of the building, adding to the drama of the space. Clad in bronze, the ramp is designed and proportioned as a place of meeting and connection, allowing people to hold brief impromptu conversations with colleagues, whilst not impeding the flow of people. Michael Jones, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners and Project Architect of Bloomberg’s new European headquarters added: “The design of the building supports the values of Bloomberg as an organisation and the way it operates. The cores have been pushed to the edges of the building to visually open the floors and reveal a spiralling ramp, the heart of the building, bringing together the people who work in it. In a sense, it is all about community and collaboration – both within the building and the way it embraces its surroundings”. The notion of teamwork and collaboration flows into the desking systems and layout of each floor. Bespoke heightadjustable, radial desks are laid out in clusters and pods for up to six people, allowing for privacy, personalisation, wellbeing and collaborative working. The ceiling is another unique and innovative element developed for the building, inspired by the pressed metal ceilings of New York. Its distinctive polished aluminium panels of ‘petals’ perform multiple roles – ceiling finish, light reflectors, cooling elements and acoustic attenuation – combining various elements of a typical office ceiling into an energysaving integrated system. Development Information Architect: Foster+Partners Client: Bloomberg LP Area: 102,190m² Sustainability Rating: BREEAM - Outstanding Structural Engineer: AKT II Quantity Surveyor: AECOM M+E Engineer: SWECO Landscape Architect: Charles Funke Associates Lighting Engineer: Tillotson Design Associates SPECIFIERS JOURNAL - SPRING 2018 23

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