On the 3rd of July, BSA went to visit the Sky Garden on the 35th floor of the 20 Fenchurch Street. This skyscraper, designed by Rafael Vinoly, has been nicknamed the Walkie Talkie because of its distinctive shape.
20 Fenchurch Street was built in 1968. The tower was designed by architect William. H. Rogers and built by Land Securities. The building was formerly occupied by Dresdner Kleinwort and was notable for being one of the first tall buildings in the City of London. But in 2008 the demolition was complete.
The new tower was originally proposed at nearly 200 m (656 ft) tall but its design was scaled down after concerns about its visual impact on the nearby St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower of London. Now, the building is the fifth tallest building in London measuring 160 m high. At the crown, there is a three-level Sky Garden with 360-degree views of the city. It is London’s first publicly accessible tall building observation deck and has impressive gardens and an open air terrace.