London skyline form Trafalgar Place rooftop
On the second day of the London architecture practices and buildings tour the first visit was at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) a firm consisting of over 650 staff led by 30 principals, with offices also in New York, San Francisco, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Abu Dhabi, Berlin, and Singapore. KPF is focused on the design of buildings of all types and scales, in all geographic regions. Their projects include the world’s tallest towers such as the Heron Tower in London, Tour First in Paris, One Vanderbilt in New York (Set to become the tallest office tower in Midtown) and the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, but even residential projects such as Floral Court we visited with Alex Miller.
Before the visit Alex introduced us the evolutions of Covent Garden area in the history. Started as early as the 7th century as a Saxon settlement. It is believed that it was the supporting town, then called Lundenwic, of a nearby Saxon port. The monks of St. Peter’s at Westminster used it as their “Convent Garden”. In the years it became a fruit and vegetable market and then a mixture of restaurants and cafes, commercial premises and market stalls.