The Lloyd’s building (sometimes referred to as the Inside-Out Building) is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd’s of London, and is located at 1, Lime Street, in the City of London, England. It is a leading example of radical Bowellism architecture in which the services for the building, such as ducts and lifts, are located on the exterior to maximise space in the interior.
Only 25 years after completion, the building received Grade I listing in December 2011; it was the youngest building ever to obtain this. It is said by English Heritage to be “universally recognised as one of the key buildings of the modern epoch.”
The building was designed by architect Richard Rogers and built between 1978 and 1986. Bovis was the management contractor. Like the Pompidou Centre in Paris (designed by Renzo Piano and Rogers), the building was innovative in having its services such as staircases, lifts, electrical power conduits and water pipes on the outside, leaving an uncluttered space inside. The twelve glass lifts were the first of their kind in the UK. Like the Pompidou Centre, the building was highly influenced by the work of Archigram in the 1950s and 1960s.
Use in feature films and record album covers
It is seen on the cover of British pop group Five Star‘s 1986 album Silk and Steel, Hundred Reasons debut album Ideas Above Our Station and the 2001 reissue of British electronic musician Mike Paradinas‘ 1993 album Tango n’ Vectif, under the alias µ-ziq.
Use as a location in films
- Climbing Great Buildings (2010)
- Burn Up (2008) TV series
- Ashes to Ashes (2008) pilot episode.
- Mamma Mia! (2008) 
- The Outer Limits 1998 episode, “The Joining”
- A Good Year (2006)
- Code 46 (2003)
- Spy Game (2001)
- Proof of Life (2000)
- The Ghost Writer (film), in a clip about the Hatherton Group
- Fred Dibnah‘s Magnificent Monuments (2000) TV series
- Entrapment (1999)
- The Avengers (1998)
- Different for Girls (1996)
- Hackers (1995)
- Incredible Games (1994) TV gameshow (the roof section was used for the credits of the CBBC show)
- High Hopes (1988)
- Search Out Science “Search Out Space” (1990)