Ever since my very first trip to London, I've been fascinated by the very unique Lloyd's of London building and on every subsequent trip, I found a way to walk around it once more. On that first visit, the building of steel tubes, columns and pipes seemed huge and imposing but, on this last trip I noticed that it has become almost hidden away in the jungle of much bigger glass and steel monoliths.
Lloyd's is located on Lime Street in the main financial district in the City of London, that ever changing part of London that keeps transforming itself with newer and more extraordinary buildings.
I learned that the Lloyd's building was completed in 1986 so it must have been brand new when I saw it the first time.
The building was designed by architect Richard Rogers, the same architect who was involved in the design of the Pompidou Centre in Paris. At the time it was built, it was considered innovative in having its services such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits, and water pipes on the outside of the building leaving the inside an uncluttered space.
When I took my dad to London back in 2000, I made a point of walking past here to show him this crazy looking building. He wasn't impressed. In fact, he said "That's awful, lets move on."
I would love to see the inside someday but the building is not open to the public. It is however, open once a year during the "Open House London" annual event. The 2015 "Open House" will be September 19 and 20. Maybe I should plan another trip!