SOM Receives Approval for Diamond Tower in London
Skimore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has obtained approval to move forward with development plans for its new mixed-use project, the Diamond, in City of London. The structure is slated to ascend more than 800 feet beside Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Leadenhall Building, also known as the Cheesegrater. A diamond glazing pattern will adorn the angular tower tapered body, while limestone elevations are installed at the base.
Targeted for a BREEAM Excellent rating, the project will ultimately provide more than one million square feet of office space. In addition to retail on the ground floor, new public spaces such as an open courtyard at the threshold of the southern entrance, while an enhanced public arena will open to the north. The design will also reactive the churchyard belonging to the adjoining St. Andrew Undershaft—which will create 10,000 additional square feet of open space. A double-height public lobby will be accessible from north and south, while a separate entrance will afford access to the public viewing gallery on the 55th floor, which will boast 360-degree views. A three-story gallery on the 56th floor will frame eastern, western, and southern views as well.