Bloomberg’s new European headquarters, designed by Foster + Partners, has been awarded the Stirling Prize 2018. The judges called the £1 billion building a "once-in-a-generation project", that has "not just raised the bar for office design and city planning but smashed the ceiling."
It's the third time the studio, founded in 1967 by Norman Foster, has scooped the architectural prize for the best building in the UK, having won it previously in 1998 for the American Air Museum in Duxford, and in 2004 for 30 St Mary Axe.
"When we embarked on this project, we wanted to create a cutting-edge design that would push the boundaries of what an office building could be, which meant setting new standards for openness and sustainability," says Mike Bloomberg, owner and CEO Bloomberg LP.
"At the same time, we wanted to honor London's history and contribute to its vitality. We knew that if we could achieve both objectives, we'd have a building that would inspire everyone who set foot inside it. This prize indicates that – thanks to the brilliant Norman Foster – we succeeded. And we're grateful to everyone who worked so hard to bring it to life."
Norman Foster, Founder and Executive Chairman Foster + Partners, added: "From our first discussions to the final details of the project, Mike Bloomberg and I had a ‘meeting of minds’ on every aspect of the project – its sustainable focus, commitment to innovation and drive to create the best workplace for Bloomberg employees.
"It is due to his enlightened patronage and the hands-on role that he played throughout the design process, that has made Bloomberg a resounding success. He is one of those rare individuals who truly ‘practice what they preach’, marrying the sustainable vision for Bloomberg with his own personal convictions, laid out so succinctly in his book – The Climate of Hope. The Stirling Prize is a testament to the incredible collaborative spirit that has underpinned the entire project from start to finish, and to Mike’s pioneering vision."