Rogers Stirk Harbour’s Cheesegrater Skyscraper Documented In Timelapse Film

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Film: photographer Paul Rafferty and filmmaker Dan Lowe have developed a timelapse documentary displaying the building of Rogers Stirk Harbour’s lately completed Leadenhall Building in London, also known as the Cheesegrater.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rafferty and Lowe have been commissioned in 2012 to document the building of the developing at 122 Leadenhall Street, which hit the headlines earlier this week following it was revealed that a number of its steel bolts were suffering from “Hydrogen Embrittlement”, causing them to fracture.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners approached the pair soon after seeing the film they had made displaying the final stages of construction for The Shard.


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Their final film, which follows a “teaser” released half way by way of the project, was edited from more than 320,000 photographs.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

“After the first six months of filming the Leadenhall Creating, we covered so considerably improvement on the internet site and had some fantastic footage it was decided to release a taster film,” Lowe told Dezeen.

“That film went down genuinely effectively, both in the architectural and film producing worlds and we had identified a wonderful rhythm and approach for capturing these enormous architectural projects. It was challenging to wait till now to release the finished film.”

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The movie uses images to document the final two years of construction on the 50-storey Leadenhall Constructing, which is the tallest skyscraper in the City of London, as effectively as providing a glimpse inside the office spaces towards the prime of the structure.


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1 of these floors will become the new house to the building’s designers – the London-based architecture firm originally founded by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Rogers – who this week confirmed they would relocate from their west London house of the previous 30 years.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The glass-clad developing tapers to kind an angled peak – a shape developed to respect views of St Paul’s Cathedral, which also earned the developing its Cheesegrater nickname.

Even though filming in the City of London has occasionally verified problematic for cameramen due to security restrictions, Rafferty and Lowe’s most significant obstacle was gaining access to the inside of the Cheesegrater itself due to building site guidelines.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

“We did not genuinely encounter any problems filming in the City or anyplace else across London,” explained Lowe. “Obtaining the best spots to film from was the hardest challenge, and receiving permissions and access to rooftops, but when you show folks what you are working on they are often more than satisfied to accommodate.”

The film maker mentioned that the views from the leading of the 224-metre constructing were among the very best he had encountered in London.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Rafferty and Lowe initial met at London’s Commonwealth Institute, where Lowe was working on one more timelapse film and Rafferty was photographing the developing for the announcement of the website becoming the new home of the Design Museum.

“I have been shooting timelapse for about seven or eight years and adore the awareness it allows you when you view a city or other scene. There is a entire other planet taking place at a distinct pace, items move and synchronise in techniques that you just can’t perceive in true time,” stated Lowe.

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

“Also still (DSLR) cameras supply up so several techniques, tricks, the quality, and so a lot much more that are not achievable on other cameras. This is of course correct the other way round but for this type of documentary, timelapse was the only selection.”

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The pair utilized Canon and Nikon cameras to capture the photos of the Leadenhall Building used in the final edit, with a wide variety of lenses. They employed a variety of methods to highlight different features of the constructing, including pictures captured travelling down the side of the structure in a glass lift and scenes that show it illuminating as dusk sets in.

“Deciding on the proper days to film goes a long way to maximising the high quality of footage. Paul is an architectural photographer by trade and I come from directing Tv commercials, music videos and other documentary perform, so projects like these are a great opportunity for us each to practice our expertise and develop them further,” mentioned Lowe.

“We both love our jobs and even on the bleakest winter morning at 5am waiting for a truck to roll around the corner carrying a huge section of the constructing, we can still find the enjoyment as you know that when you watch the rushes back later that day that it is always worth it to get the correct shot.”

The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The Leadenhall Creating film also features a bespoke soundtrack composed by George McLeod, and the film was edited by James Simpson. Final colouring was completed by Kenny Gibb at StudioRM.

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