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Looking out on London from the lift at the Lloyds building. Photo / EZTD

The key to this bastion of high-tech architecture was its inside-out design: all the services were strung around the outside of the building, leaving the cavernous insides relatively uncluttered. The most conspicuous aspect of this are the lifts, glass boxes that crawl up and down the walls like rectilinear albino beetles. Aside from the vertigo, the elevators also offer great views of the City. The new Heron tower on Bishopsgate has lifts on its south façade through which you can see out of the building, but Lloyds was there first and did it better.

 

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