NM Rothschild & Sons have had their London headquarters on this St Swithin’s Lane site for the past two centuries.
The redevelopment – Rothschild’s third building on the site – allows the bank to bring together all its London employees in one place, cater for its continuing expansion and meet the communications and technological demands of 21st Century investment banking.
The building is the first designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas in this country. The previous building’s irregularly-shaped site footprint and inefficient layout has been replaced by 140,000 sq ft net of high quality office space, an archive and research room for the Rothschild Archive, a roof garden and a Sky pavilion offering panoramic views across the City.
The tall glass ground floor entrance area has opened up pedestrian views to the famed Christopher Wren Church of St Stephen Walbrook and its churchyard – creating a transparency previously unheard of in this densely packed part of the City.