No 1 Poultry

The site of No 1 Poultry saw possibly the longest planning process in London’s history. It began in 1958, when Rudolph Palumbo started buying properties in the area, which is surrounded by various masterpieces of the great English architects. Rudolph’s son Peter Palumbo commissioned one of the most influential architects of the century, German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, to replace the existing Victorian buildings. Mies designed a nineteen-storey bronze-clad tower and a new public space.

Mies died just a few months later, meaning he was spared witness to the bitter battle between planners and developers his design unleashed. Two long decades of outrage, reviews and public inquiry – due to the proposed removal of some listed buildings – resulted in the eventual rejection of the development. By that point, modernism was seen as outdated. The developer commissioned Glasgow-born James Stirling, a key figure in postmodern architecture, to draught a more up-to-date design.

Ironically, the 1985 design was not completed until 1997, five years after Stirling’s death. (One might say the project was cursed…). By then, trends had evolved again, and the building was deemed a ghost from the past. Stirling’s ballsy building proved to be as controversial as the original Mies proposal, although it respects and references the surrounding buildings (even if it doesn’t appear to at first glance). In 2016, the building became the youngest listed building in the UK, billed as an ‘unsurpassed example of commercial postmodernism’.

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A1 – 84x59cm, A2 – 59x42cm, A3 – 42x30cm, A4 – 30x21cm