The Building

The Leadenhall Building, also known as the ‘Cheesegrater’ for the dynamic shape it carves in the skyline, was designed by Richard Rogers in 2014. Now recognised as an icon of postmodern architecture, it was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ National Award in 2018.

The building is 225 metres tall, with 48 floors that diminish in size as they ascend, providing the building’s distinctive tapering shape, angled at 10 degrees skywards. This innovative design was a response to specific planning requirements protecting views of major London landmarks, especially St Paul’s Cathedral in the City and the Palace of Westminster on the river.

The design excels in function and sustainability: the innovative ‘inside-out’ steel structure of the building means there is complete flexibility in the interior, while the triple-layer glass ‘skin’ keeps the building warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.