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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 Bloomberg

Super-client meets super-architect green

This monumental office is the grand result of Michael Bloomberg and Sir Norman Foster locking heads. Described as a “once-in-a-lifetime” building that has “not just raised the bar for office design and city planning but smashed the ceiling.”


London, UK

🏢Building Details

  • Completed in 2017 after almost decade, for Bloomberg’s European HQ

  • 1.1 million sq ft: full city block comprised of 2 buildings united by bridges

  • Capacity: 6,700

  • Winner of 20+ awards (including BREEAM, RIBA, Stirling, D&AD)


✍️Architects & Engineers


  • BREEAM Outstanding (99.1%): highest post-construction score ever achieved by any major office development

  • On-site power generation means they own waste heat: used to heat building in winter and drive cool air in summer

  • 35% saving in energy consumption (500,000 LED lights) + 73% saving in water consumption (rainwater captured from roof, greywater recycled, vacuum toilets)

  • Integrated petal-design ceiling panels combine lighting, heating, cooling, and acoustic attenuation

  • Highly efficient natural ventilation system with smart airflow and “breathing gills” façade

🥦 Wellbeing

  • Double-height ‘pantry’ on 6th floor acts as heart of building, encouraging impromptu meetings and informal discussion

  • Teamwork and collaboration built into desk systems and floorplan: bespoke height-adjustable, radial desks for flexible use

  • Architectural statements and site-specific commissioned art weaved into fabric of building: inspiring creativity

  • Sensitive to surrounding environment, the building enters a dialogue with historic district rather than towering over it

🎈Bonus feature

The site is home to the remains of the 3rd century Roman Temple of Mithras. Bloomberg co-ordinated its archaeological restoration and has returned the temple to its epic glory for free public viewing – along with a stunning display of Roman artefacts discovered during excavation. Green pioneers + stewards of history = big bonus.

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