Italy's largest insurance company Generali Group is establishing a strong presence in La Défense, just outside of Paris, with a 39-storey tower serving as its French showpiece. Now, the ubiquitous company is developing a 15-storey office and retail project in the heart of London's traditional city centre. Built by CORE and Greycoat, the 420,000-square-foot complex at 10 Fenchurch Avenue boasts a crystalline design by Eric Parry Architects.
The building's first ten levels are relatively simplistic, though a buckled facade adds some depth to the massing. From there, crown-shaped floor plates present superlative views of the Square Mile, with a double-skin passive facade, including dichroic glass, outfitted with motorized blinds to limit solar heat gain.
A rooftop restaurant and publicly accessible garden offer tenants a comforting break from work. The south perimeter of the roof garden will host a large water feature while the rest of the space is populated by Wisteria trees and Pergola canopies to help shade the space.
A recent batch of photos from the site reveal the state of progress so far. Work on the steel-framed upper floors has begun, while nearly two rows of cladding have been installed near the bottom. The project is on track to take occupancy in 2018.
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