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Old May 27th, 2013, 02:46 AM   #1501
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I'm just seeing this building for the first time! London has such phenomenal contemporary architecture! Each building is better than the last
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Old May 27th, 2013, 03:49 AM   #1502
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Old May 27th, 2013, 10:47 PM   #1503
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Old May 28th, 2013, 03:52 AM   #1504
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Old June 4th, 2013, 12:02 AM   #1506
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Faty faty boom boom looking tower with exceptional facades. Plus it will have a massive garden inside the highest level of the building.
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Old June 4th, 2013, 12:13 PM   #1507
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And no admission will be charged for the garden right?
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Old June 4th, 2013, 03:19 PM   #1508
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And no admission will be charged for the garden right?
I believe so yes!
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Old June 7th, 2013, 09:04 PM   #1509
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http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londo...r-8647042.html

First view of Europe's highest roof garden - an oasis on top of the Walkie Talkie tower

Jonathan Prynn, Consumer Business Editor

06 June 2013


Idyll: A mock-up of the garden


Panorama: A shot of the view from the tower


Ongoing work: Builders on the Walkie Talkie


Sunshine: Jonathan Prynn looks at the view


Skyline: Impressive view from the tower


Backdrop: The Shard is seen behind construction on the new tower

The City’s giant Walkie Talkie tower will be topped by exotic “floating” roof gardens that will be the highest in Europe.

The developers of the the 580 ft high landmark, due to open in just under a year’s time, are using the landscapers behind the award winning Olympic Park to install more than 2000 sub-tropical plants.

The terraced “hanging gardens of modern Babylon” will be dominated by drought resistant Mediterranean and South African flowers, shrubs and ferns because of the “greenhouse effect” of the domed glass summit of the 38 storey block on Fenchurch Street.

Stephen Richards, a partner at London based garden designers Gillespies, said: ”The gardens will be totally unique in London, the largest and most exciting of their kind. It will like being in an eyrie.

“There will be a series of platforms where there will be seating so you will be able to immerse yourself in plants and colour while still being aware that you are very high up to get that sense of a floating garden.”

Gillespies used the Kent based landscapers Willerby, which last month grabbed two gold medals for show gardens it worked on at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Experts from Kew Gardens also advised on the garden design and selection of plants, which will be in soil up to a metre deep and cover almost a fifth of an acre. Around 100 different species have been used including Golden tree fern, New Zealand tree fern, king sago cycad, varieties of fig and flowers including Agapanthus, Strelitizia and Crocosmia

They will be watered from rainwater from the roof, some of which will be turned into a fine mist from poles.

Temperatures are expected to reach the high twenties degrees centigrade in summer but the gardens will be partially shaded by giant “fins” arching over them with a breeze from an open terrace. “It will not be an unbearable hot box, that’s not what it’s about,” said Richards.

The gardens will also supply rosemary, thyme and other herbs for three restaurants due to open at the top of the Rafael Viñoly designed block in the heart of London’s insurance district.

The building - officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street - will add to the rapidly growing range of “skyscraper dining” options in the capital.

There will be a “sky garden” champagne bar on the 35th floor with the Darwin Brasserie above and the more expensive Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill on the 37th level,

They will all be operated by Royal Ascot and Henley Regatta caterers rhubarb, which have agreed a tie-up with Heston Blumenthal to design dishes for events menus.

The restaurants are on a slightly higher levels than the three dining outlets halfway up the Shard but just below Duck & Waffle and Sushisamba at the top of the nearby Heron Tower on Bishopsgate. The restaurants at the Walkie Talkie, being developed jointly by Canary Wharf and Land Securities, are due to launch in summer 2014

They will all be open from 8am to midnight with dishes such as Grilled sea bream fillet, steamed spinach and citrus fruits at the brasserie and Fruits de Mer with champagne gelée, cucumber ribbons, tomato concassé, rouille, croûtes and Melba toast at The Fenchurch.

Although the gardens and restaurants are under glass visitors can wander out to a terrace overlooking the Thames with spectacular views of landmarks such as The Shard, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.

The world’s highest roof gardens are thought to be at the Skypark on top of the 55 storey Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore. London’s most famous roof gardens are in Kensington on top of the six storey former Derry & Toms department store building.[/I]
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Old June 8th, 2013, 06:20 PM   #1513
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Wow sky garden will look absolutely awesome! One of the greatest skyscrapers in UK. I think that this garden can become a new landmark, can't it?
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Regrettably the original concept for the 'massive garden' has been reduced to a few flowerbeds with low shrubbery. Quite a drawback from what we expected when it was first announced. Unfortunately, the pressures of greed and money have taken over and what was to become an outstanding example of a roof garden has changed to a couple of restaurants, bar and corporate space. We shall see now whether it will indeed be free to ascend for viewing. But I have my doubts.
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Old June 10th, 2013, 01:06 PM   #1515
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2000 different exotic plants,world class restaurant, amazing views and free entry. Sounds great to me. And lets face it quite different to your bog standard building !!!
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Old June 10th, 2013, 01:45 PM   #1516
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It is looking so amazing.
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2000 different exotic plants,world class restaurant, amazing views and free entry. Sounds great to me. And lets face it quite different to your bog standard building !!!
this one seems definitely better than the london eye experience
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Regrettably the original concept for the 'massive garden' has been reduced to a few flowerbeds with low shrubbery. Quite a drawback from what we expected when it was first announced. Unfortunately, the pressures of greed and money have taken over and what was to become an outstanding example of a roof garden has changed to a couple of restaurants, bar and corporate space. We shall see now whether it will indeed be free to ascend for viewing. But I have my doubts.
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