Given previous attempts at contemporary architecture next to St Paul's this project was always going to be challenging. The radical nature of the architectural language and approach therefore is all the more remarkable. It has been labelled a stealth design by its designers and the use of colour fritting to pick up the surrounding stone and brick facades does make it seem as if the new building absorbs its neighbours.
The architects have opened up the building to lost connections across the site and to fresh air. Incredibly citizens are also allowed onto the roof, a place once the privilege of the lone boiler-man but now more normally the reserve of the rich. London has a new public space with unique views of the river.