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No. 1 Poultry, London

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No 1 Poultry is an office and retail building in London. It is located at the junction of Poultry and Queen Victoria Street, adjacent to Bank junction, in the City of London financial district. The building was designed by James Stirling for a site which then was owned by developer Peter Palumbo, and first assembled by Palumbo's father, Rudolph, in the 1960s. Originally intended to be the site of a modernist office tower designed by Mies van der Rohe in the manner of the Seagram Building in New York City, that scheme was aborted following one of the great architectural and planning show-downs of the 1970s. A new design was created, Stirling's final design, in a postmodernist style with an outer shell of bands of rose-pink stone. The structure was built after his death and is considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the postmodernist style in London. In 2016, following proposals to alter it, it received government recognition with a listing at grade II*, making it the youngest listed building in England.
The building was owned by Heinrich Feldman until he sold it to Perella Weinberg Partners for £110 million in 2014.
The present building at No 1 Poultry was completed in 1997, five years after architect Stirling's death and three years after construction began. It is a postmodern structure, with use of bold, perhaps unsubtle, forms and colours in a compact assembly. It is clad in pink and yellow limestone, fixed in stripes and blocks of colour whilst the interior atrium at the centre of the wedge-shaped site displays some of Stirling's characteristic acidulous colour play.
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  • No. 1 Poultry is a building opposite the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England building that was redeveloped in 1997 into this postmodern design. The design utilises bold colours of interleaved pink ...  more »
  • I remember the old fashioned shops on this site before this modern building was constructed. I have never liked it and it looks very dated by modern standards and it is quite dark inside. The restaura...  more »
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  • No. 1 Poultry is a building opposite the Royal Exchange and the Bank of England building that was redeveloped in 1997 into this postmodern design. The design utilises bold colours of interleaved pink and yellow limestone, fixed in stripes and blocks of colour. The interior atrium at the centre is even more colourful, a riot of blue pink and yellows. I a little conflicted about the whole design, it's colourful, looks like it was inspired by Lego and anywhere else, I would like it. As it stands in Bank amongst some grand old buildings, it just seems oddly out of place.
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