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Old December 23rd, 2014, 10:48 PM   #1781
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Taken by me, on a special site visit to the sky garden from 1/11/2013. Enjoy!

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Old December 26th, 2014, 06:28 PM   #1782
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From Christmas Eve:

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Old January 4th, 2015, 01:48 PM   #1783
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Walkie Talkie review – bloated, inelegant, thuggish

Sunday 4 January 2015

Despite grand claims to design excellence and public benefit, the 37-storey London skyscraper known as the Walkie Talkie seems to bear no meaningful relationship to its surroundings

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddes...ore-sky-garden


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Old January 4th, 2015, 04:58 PM   #1784
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You can thank nimbies for that. If they built it as planned from the start it would be more slender and elegant. And it would have never had the heat ray problem either, since its balconies would still be there.
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Old January 5th, 2015, 05:13 PM   #1785
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If Star Trek is to be believed, it looks like today's Nimbies will be spinning in their graves......

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Old January 6th, 2015, 04:24 PM   #1786
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Sky garden is open for business (read in the London compilation thread). Completed!
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Old January 8th, 2015, 01:57 AM   #1787
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the sky garden opened in Dec for tenants of the building. my understanding is it has opened up to the public this month.

but is this really complete? there seem to be about 4 missing pieces or 'fins' on the top corner edges of the building. i can try and snap some pictures the next time i am close by. you can see two of them in Shard Baby's photos. i hope they don't leave it like that. its rather noticeable.
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Old January 11th, 2015, 04:58 PM   #1788
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Latest diagrams...and yes, we are still missing those last four aluminium fins:

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Old January 15th, 2015, 01:05 PM   #1789
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I sit at my desk on the South Bank and 20 Fenchurch St dominates my view. Yet ALL my eye sees are the missing fins. They totally ruin the lines. Anybody know if / when they will be filled in?
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Old January 15th, 2015, 01:34 PM   #1790
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Walkie Talkie review – bloated, inelegant, thuggish

Sunday 4 January 2015

Despite grand claims to design excellence and public benefit, the 37-storey London skyscraper known as the Walkie Talkie seems to bear no meaningful relationship to its surroundings

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddes...ore-sky-garden


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Old January 15th, 2015, 03:35 PM   #1791
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really hate that skyscraper... such a shame! (obviously my personal opinion)
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Old January 15th, 2015, 04:05 PM   #1792
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It's awful, far worse than anything in much-mocked Dubai. It's done huge damage to the London skyline. Still can't believe they allowed it to be built, a local authority that were so conservative only one or two decades ago. Heads should roll. People will NOT warm to this in time.
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Old January 15th, 2015, 10:37 PM   #1793
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I sit at my desk on the South Bank and 20 Fenchurch St dominates my view. Yet ALL my eye sees are the missing fins. They totally ruin the lines. Anybody know if / when they will be filled in?
Hopefully quite soon, as it appears as if they are building an aluminium frame around the visible interior fin supports on either side of the South side mitre (roof arch) at Level 33, which were not there a couple of weeks ago:
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Old January 15th, 2015, 11:44 PM   #1794
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horrible! London deserves better
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Old January 16th, 2015, 01:13 AM   #1795
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That Guardian article was a good one. Even though the critic took issue with the word "iconic," it was mainly a critique of overcooked starchitecture, the Bilbao-effect, Lady Gaga-looking buildings, etc.:

"Each new building strives “to be more extraordinary and shocking in order to eclipse the last. Each new design has to be instantly memorable – more iconic. This one-upmanship was, and is, a fatuous and self-indulgent game.”"

"Most of all, it has no meaningful or enjoyable relationship to anything else, either at street level or on the skyline. It makes no adjustment of scale, form or aspect. “Iconic” buildings tend to do this."

It's good to see a major building get beat up for these very reasons in a major publication. Hopefully it's indicative of a shifting consciousness in what good architecture is.
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Old January 25th, 2015, 06:53 PM   #1796
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Old January 26th, 2015, 08:54 PM   #1797
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"Most of all, it has no meaningful or enjoyable relationship to anything else, either at street level or on the skyline. It makes no adjustment of scale, form or aspect. “Iconic” buildings tend to do this."
Omg, I'm so tired of this complaint.

Because it doesn't mean anything, the Eiffel Tower has absolutely no relationship or scale to anything built around it. Why is that necessarily a bad thing unless you want to live in a museum town where everything fits in?
If the people who said this had their way thoughout history we would still be in the straw hut stage of architecture.

London's Parliament Buildings have a poor pedestrian scale street level. The Tower of London literally has a giant stone wall keeping you out and oppressing you. Aren't they just great big failures?

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Hope you are kidding, the Eiffel tower's overall shape is an example of relationship with the rest of the skyline. A wide base with smoothly curved sloppy faces that begin softly as a transition to the flat surroundings and go steeper with height to lead to a verticality that counterbalance the flatness of the 19th century city, and a very thin silhouette that avoid overwhelming the surroundings.
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Tell that to a Parisian in 1890 and you'd be laughed out the room
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That is right, but what is your point ?
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