Art on Glass on London’s Bishopsgate
Foto: Simon Kennedy
At 278 m tall, 22 Bishopsgate, the skyscraper named after its address, has been one of London’s tallest buildings since its completion in 2020. PLP Architecture provided the final design for the financial district’s new landmark after plans for a taller building on the same site were rejected. From now on, passers-by will perceive less the towering steel and glass facade and more the artistically-designed glass canopies and facade elements at street level. These are the work of glass artist Alexander Beleschenko, who has designed abstract colour patterns for a total of 149 glass laminates. The realisation of the glass art inspired by traditional guild signs was undertaken by Gersthofen-based glass refiner Sedak in close cooperation with the artist. The striking architectural elements were created using a complex digital printing process on the manufacturer’s safety glass, which was used for the canopies, as well as on insulating glass for the vertical surfaces in the building’s access passages. The patterns are composed of six ceramic base colours, which form opaque and transparent elements, colour gradients and overlays, which in turn create new colour nuances.