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Daily Express building

Former Daily Express building

121-128 Fleet Street

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Fleet Street's most glamorous landmark
Former Daily Express building

At its opening, this was described as 'Britain's most modern building for Britain's most modern newspaper'.

Daily Express building muralThe building
Sir Owen Williams Grade 2 listed Daily Express Building was completed in 1932. Outside it is is covered with black Vitrolite and clear glass, with chromium strips.
 
The building was London's first experiment in curtain walling. The concrete structure was daringly innovative. It just about doubled the width of floor space compared with what was possible at the time from a steel frame alternative. This was important to provide a large, uninterrupted space for the printing presses in the basement.
 
Daily Express building muralThe murals in the foyer
The entrance hall is extraordinary. It is decorated with large silver and gilt panels. One is a celebration of British Industry and Agriculture. The other features the wealth of the Empire including diamond miners at work with their power drills.
 
The designer, Robert Atkinson (1883-1953), was inspired by art deco American cinema and the decor of New York skyscrapers.

Submitted by: Andrew Hunt, 09 August 2007

For more images of the building see the web site of John Robertson architects.

See also: Civil engineering

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City sponsors:
ASE London Region
Nuffiled Curriculum Centre