10 October 2012
As he celebrates 30 years in the industry “starchitect” Graham Stirk talks skylines, scale and style with Property Week’s Hardeep Sandher.
Graham Stirk is looking for the person that named his latest masterpiece, the £480m Leadenhall Building in the City of London, after a kitchen tool. “I hate it being called ‘the Cheesegrater’,” complains Stirk when Property Week meets him at Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners’ Hammersmith offices on a Friday afternoon. “Everyone said we named it that and I said: ‘You have got to be joking’. Why would I name it the Cheesegrater? We never use metaphors in that way.”
Stirk is the “starchitect” behind the 610,000 sq ft tower that is being developed by British Land. The property will be home to insurer Aon, which agreed last summer to occupy almost one-third of it. Stirk has been working on the scheme for 12 years, from its inception in 2000 to its brief hiatus when the credit crunch hit, to today, less than two years away from completion.
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