20 Fenchurch Street was designed in 2004 by Rafael Viñoly, the world-renowned Uruguayan architect based in New York City. Without increasing the building’s footprint, Viñoly has successfully turned the idea that buildings having to be smaller at the top on its head. Known locally as the Walkie-Talkie, the 38-storey building is the fifth tallest completed building in the City of London.
The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is a unique public space that spans three storeys and offers 360 degree uninterrupted views across the City of London. Visitors can wander around the exquisitely landscaped gardens, observation decks and an open air terrace of what is London’s highest public garden.
1. Overcoming initial public reticence for “out of the box” design
2. Integrating public space in a commercial tower
3. How to deliver sustainability dividends through sky parks