The construction of 22 Bishopsgate, Europe's first vertical village, has been completed. 22 Bishopsgate is powered entirely by renewable energy and is meant to put people first. It seeks to create new technological and environmental standards for the workplace, as well as pledges to health, learning, and inclusivity. The building's designers say it should be ready for move-in on July 1, 2020.
A luxury high-rise tower with a unique design, 22 Bishopsgate is being hailed as a game-changer for London's office market. The £150 million (US$195 million) project comprises two 38-storey buildings connected by an indoor atrium. The architects behind the project were given free rein to design their dream workplace, which includes a roof garden, three swimming pools, and a cinema room. There are also planters outside the windows of employees' offices that change color throughout the year.
It is believed that the idea for 22 Bishopsgate came about following a discussion between architect David Adler and urban planner Nicholas Grimshaw at the University of York. They felt that there was a need for more creative solutions in the office market and aimed to provide workers with better ways to collaborate. The project became a reality in 2004 and was built by Hines and GVA. It is now owned by Erste Bank Group and serves as its European headquarters.
In addition to its innovative design, 22 Bishopsgate boasts some impressive environmental features.
The London Streetspace project at Bishopsgate is a temporary initiative meant to limit vehicle traffic in order to provide ample space for walking and cycling, as well as to increase bus efficiency. All of this is done to lessen the danger of infection by providing individuals with more room to travel.
The street has been closed to traffic since February 2013, and it is expected to remain that way until at least March 2015. During this time, buses will run along all but one lane, and there will be bike lanes and safe routes through the area so that people can get around the construction site safely. The goal is to make Bishopsgate safer and more efficient for people who do not need vehicles to get around town.
These are the reasons why Bishopsgate is closed to traffic. There are also plans to make the street even more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists once it reopens in March 2015.
The new 22 Bishopsgate skyscraper (previously the Pinnacle/Helter Skelter) is now taller than its close City of London neighbors, the Cheesegrater and Heron Tower, but falls short of the Renzo Piano-designed Shard near London Bridge. The Pinnacle was completed in 2014 and has 38 floors.
It's also worth mentioning that the Shard itself is not a single building, but rather a cluster of several towers in one central location. The main tower is the tallest at 136 meters (443 feet), with another three smaller towers attached at different heights. The overall height of the Shard complex is 208 meters (682 feet).
In terms of floor space, the Pinnacle surpasses its older counterparts with 532,000 square meters (567,917 sq ft) of rentable area. It's also worth noting that the Pinnacle does not have any elevators; visitors to the top floor need to climb dozens of stairs or take the elevator all the way down to the fifth floor.
Looking at these drawings made before construction began, it's clear to see how much more room there is on the upper floors of the Pinnacle. The original plans called for a 39th floor above the 456,000-square-foot (42,205-sq-meter) base, but this was later reduced to just the 38th floor.