London, England

     

Lloyd's Headquarters -- Maverick architect Richard Rogers has a knack of implanting inside-out, industrially-inspired structures smack in the middle of a capital city's prime real estate. As he did for the George Pompidou Centre in Paris,  Rogers built this oil refinery of a skyscraper in 1983 for Lloyd's, perhaps the most prestigious insurance company in the world. It stands at the heart of the City, overlooking the lesser insurance firms as well as the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England.

Now closed to the general public, only the cadre of employees in starched shirts and dark suits may readily appreciate the glass walls, exterior lifts, steel-tube staircases and the see-through escalators.

This photo was taken with a Nikon F100 with f2.8 28mm Nikon AF D lens, and Fujicolor NPH135 ISO 400 film.

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