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Lloyd’s 1 : 1

The Currency of the Architectural Mock-Up

An architectural case study of the Lloyd’s building in London.

The Lloyd’s building in London was constructed in the early 1980s based on a visionary design by Richard Rogers Partnership. Its planning and construction transformed the ideas of megastructure and intelligent environment into built reality. Mock-ups, or prototypical full-size models, played a crucial role in its construction, enabling Rogers’ team to test and refine the novel constructions and procedures to minimize the risks of such an ambitious project. Lloyd’s 1 : 1 is the first case study of one of the most important building projects of the late modern era. It showcases previously unpublished archival material to reconstruct the planning process, demonstrate the methods used, and illustrate the role played by mock-ups, highlighting their architectural relevance.

230 pages | 260 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 3/4

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Markus Peter

1. Mock-Ups: A Key to Problem-Solving
Mock-ups: a look into the future
Complexity in building design
Lloyd’s building design: knowledge work by teamwork

2. Starting the Dialogue
Business face-to-face
The need for a new building
A broad-based approach
A strategy for Lloyds
A common language

3. Visioning the Future
Intelligent environment
The principle of legibility
Negotiating the vision

4. Making Promises
Establishing the architectural concept
Engineering the technical system
Open promises

5. Framing the Risk
Management contracting
Planning the investigation

6. Looking for Answers
Shuttering the beam grid
Assembling the façade system
Embossing the structured glass
Ventilating the façade cavity
Interior ventilation
Interior lighting and sprinkler system
The success of the mock-up programme

7. Constructing Lloyd’s

8. Mock-ups: The Currency of Experimenting

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