London, UK


Foster and Partners

Stone type

Coffee Brown, Sandstone

The imposing Bloomberg HQ in London, one of the most sustainable and energy efficient projects of our Skyline

We have contributed to the construction of this building by using 9,600 tons of sandstone from Derbyshire near the construction site for both the interior and exterior, while the bronze cladding was produced in Japan.

Designed by Sir Norman Foster to convey a feeling of stability and reliability, Bloomberg’s London headquarters is made up of mighty sandstone-clad pillars that soar 8 floors.

The geometry is reinforced by crossbars arranged between the triangular-shaped glass surfaces which reminiscent of “gills” outside the windows. The surfaces, on the other hand, stand out with their bronze finish and serve to protect against heat and noise, contributing to a refined concept of air circulation.

The building was thus awarded the BREEAM Building Certification as ‘Outstanding’, a primacy for any office complex in Great Britain.

According to the architect, the Bloomberg European headquarters project was conceived to withstand and enhance the City’s surrounding buildings.

Not surprisingly, the adjacent Victorian buildings are made of the same stone.

Indeed, Sir Norman Foster once said: “We wanted to create a perfectly recognizable British building that, at the same time, respected the London tradition”.