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One of the contemp.

High tech building that we chose was Leslie Dan Pharmacy

Building, which is a part of the university in Canada and was designed by Foster and
Partners in 2006.
The building in surrounded by lower rise historical buildings and the idea was create
a building that would fit in the setting but at the same time would act as the icon
that promoted the whole university and established the importance of the school .
Yet it was still very important for the architect to more or less fit in the context. This
is why looking at this picture we can see that the platform of Leslie building aligns
with the rest of the cornices that surround the building which creates visual stability.
Now this site plan shows us better that the Leslie building not far away from the
paved corner which exposes the building to the rest of the street.
Looking at the section we can understand that the building is separated into 3
important parts:
The underground that features all sorts of lecture theaters
The second part which comprises from 5 floors that are given into administrational
And the third part which are basically classrooms or research areas.
In the section we can also see better how the cornice of the historical building in the
background meet the slab of the Leslie building almost perfectly which creates
some sort visual stability or balance.
The two most unique things about the building are the incredibly tall columns which
are about 19 m high as well as the floating pods within the building. The this picture
the pods are lit up with colour.
These pods feature communal spaces such as the lecture room or a lounge, they
promote a sense of community within the building.
The larger pod locates on the bottom whereas the smaller one locates on top.
Their construction is not easy, it consists of nest like pipes which are joined together
part by part wright on site. A ready pod is elevated and then is bolted right into the
adjacent beam and it is also supported by the cables that extend from beams
Now 19m columns also required an innovative solution. Due to deadlines the
columns could be only fabricated in one piece but because they are so gigantic that
seemed hardly possible until the architects started rethinking the materials. They
decided that instead of using simple concrete they would use something thats
known as self-compacting concrete. This kind of concrete is more fluid even though
it has the same amount of water. Since it flows so smoothly this makes it easier to
use for massively reinforced columns and at the same time saves a lot of time.
Leadenhall building

A more recent building is Leadenhall building in London that was designed in 2014
by Richard Rogers.
It is the tallest office space building in London that was entirely prefabricated and
completed in record time. Not only the project had tight deadlines it also had small
workspace that extended over the footprint by only 3 meters. So the method of
construction itself is very revolutionary as well.
Now its located in somewhat a very significant part of London, not far away from the
Lloyd building and very close to St Patrick Cathedral. The shape of the Leadenhall
building came to be from not wanting to affect the cathedral by having a large mass
emerging above it. Which let the tower be even taller then it could be in such a
sensitive location. And at the same time it produced variety of floor: large in bottom
and smaller ones in the upper floors.
Like I said it is the tallest office space building in London, it comprises mostly of
steel and glass and concrete is only used for floor plates.
Whats really special about this building is that it has no central core which is
something that most high rise buildings have. Instead it has an external mega
frame supports the floor plates of the whole building making it sound and stable.
The core itself serves for services, such as the elevators, bathrooms and so on. This
makes the space very beneficial and offers flexible planning.
In this picture we can see the exoskeleton of the building which binds the floor
plates together and is further supported by this triangulated megastructure.
Now because there is no central core, the building has a galleria which is a 28 m
high open public space at the ground level which is opened almost throughout the
whole footprint of the building. This creates an interesting public space with many
new pedestrian routes and a better connectivity.