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Lloyds Building, London

Obviously its a shame that the green light for this oil rig meant the death knell for its poor predecessor, of which little remains. But this story only hits me after the deeds are done, and as long as they only build one of these in London, it will almost be worth the loss of the former. And presently, the status remains that, like its sister effigy in Paris, we only have the one collective of exterior pipes haunting the city. But with its Stainless steel pronouncements, exterior turbo lifts, and glitteringly great floorspace, this is a work of art in anyones eyes. Out on its own (hopefully).

Opened around 1984, I was so lucky to be around on business, so I made my excuses, and went up the turbolift to the top floor. There, I took in the all round beauty of the place, and took this view into my memory banks forever. It was then I decided that, though this place might be Roger's regrettable mistake, it seemed to be a good artistic statement, and great fun. I know that I hate modernistic mania, but this building is so sci-fi, it is so much more than that.

lloyds building, london

Sadly, they had left part of the old building intact, badly held up by a concrete mound. On the main road, and to the right, you will find the facade of the old entrance, and it is of wild gothic decoration, and is such a miserable sight, standing there at the front of the building. It leaves a sour taste for the visitor, and one becomes aware that they could have easily built this steel drainpipe elsewhere, and left the old building for us. Oh well.
Charles (of London Town)

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