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STRUCTURAL EXPRESSIONISM

The Leadenhall Building is a building of world firsts. When completed in 2014, it boasted the world’s largest and fastest suite of panoramic elevators. But the real stunner remains the mold-breaking design – nothing comparable had ever been attempted before.

Description

The Leadenhall Building is an iconic addition to the London skyline. Designed by Graham Stirk of world-acclaimed architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the 45-story skyscraper is one of the tallest buildings in the Square Mile financial district, with 57,000 square meters of office space providing spectacular views across the Thames River and beyond.

  • #Elevators
  • #Escalators & Autowalks
  • #Europe
  • #Green certified
  • #New equipment
  • #Office
  • #People flow intelligence

Building facts

  • Completed: 2014
  • Height: 224 m
  • Floors: 45
  • Maximum speed: 8 m/s
  • Total floor area: 111,484 sqm
  • Building owner: British Land and Oxfort Properties
  • Developer: British Land and Oxfort Properties
  • Architect: Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
  • Contractor: Laing O'Rourke

KONE solutions

  • 24 KONE MiniSpace™ scenic elevators
  • 2 KONE MiniSpace™ elevators
  • 6 KONE TransitMasters™ 120 escalators
  • 2 customized platform lifts
  • KONE Polaris™ Destination Control System
  • KONE E-Link™ monitoring system
CHALLENGESSOLUTIONS
  • To create a one-off elevator concept that is visually and technically integrated with the architect’s uncompromising vision
  • To provide smooth transition between low-, mid- and high-rise elevator groups
  • To oversee the challenging installation of the scenic cars, which had to be installed in one piece and delivered along a tight corridor
  • Successful technical and architectural integration was achieved during two years of intensive collaboration with the contractor and architects
  • All three elevator groups adhere to a common design principle, with a unique brightly colored sling
  • As the building has no concrete core, all wiring is concealed in the back wall and floor units, achieving a clean, minimalistic effect
  • Special destination control software provides smooth automatic transfer at the push of a single button

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