Swiss Re is a staggering achievement (AJ 29.4.04) but, such is the scepticism in parts of the industry as to its 'green' credentials, it would have been good to see some objective evidence as to its performance now that it has been fitted out.
How does the air flow when the internal space has been subdivided with partitions? What level of energy consumption can be expected in, say, a kilogram of CO 2per square metre? As with many high profile buildings that adopt the mantle of radical environmental engineering, all we have to rely on at present is the architectural aspiration, which is noble in the extreme. Indeed, as an admirer of glass architecture myself, I would be delighted to find that the reality is better than my intuition.
By the way, Bennett Interior Design which did the fit-out is part of tp bennett, not Bennetts Associates. Even Ken Shuttleworth was initially confused when he spoke to me about it!
Rab Bennetts, Bennetts Associates