Shell Center

London, United Kingdom

Contributed by Project for Public Spaces

Corporate headquarters that chooses not to participate in city life.

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Why It Doesn't Work

Why can't corporate headquarters in critical locations be shining examples of their participation in their city’s life? Rockefeller Center, with GE as its signature tenant, is the best example. But Shell (Royal Dutch) is along with ABN AMRO and the Canary Wharf development sadly lacking in their responsibility. Their location is central to the future of London, and the walkway from Waterloo Station through their building to the waterfront is horrible - probably the worst experience in London and certainly the worst gateway.

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