Palestra offers a very particular response to the speculative office. It offers simple traditional office space wrapped around a central core with floor-to-ceiling glazing and great views. It allows for multi-occupancy, but has in fact been taken by a single tenant - a sign of its successfully simple response to the standard brief. It is a marker building that jauntily pokes its head forward to claim glimpses of the river. Through sheer physical presence and scale it brings an unpromising site to the attention of all, making it the subject of debate. The speculative office has been challenged.