A closer look at the Walkie Talkie and its "public sky garden"

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view from the south side of Thames

credit: View from the South Bank of the Thames/ Lloyd Alter


Readers have questioned why I have written so often about one particular office building in London, Rafael Viñoly’s 20 Fenchurch Street in London, AKA the Walkie Talkie. I explained:

So why is this on TreeHugger? Because we keep talking about the importance of cities, and how we have to make them better, and that a good pedestrian experience is critical. This building alternately fries the public, blows them off their feet and cheats them out of promised public amenities. And did I mention it's bloated, top-heavy and just plain ugly.

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