The Walkie-Talkie Sky Garden


Photo of the Sky Garden by Colin on Wikimedia Commons

The English Wikipedia Featured Pictures team have been on a roll, like so many quality condiments. I found myself lost in this photo by Colin, but was lulled into a false sense of security by the serenity.

It shows the Sky Garden atop 20 Fenchurch Street, known to locals in London as the Walkie Talkie. I’d tell you it’s in London, but that would now be superfluous, and a little insulting to your comprehension abilities.

The tower isn’t without criticism, which is to say it’s been criticised. By critical people, and critics. Specifically, according to Wikipedia:

  • it won the Carbuncle Cup in 2015 for the UK’s ugliest building

  • the garden itself was smaller and has less greenery than expected, and you have to book to visit it; and

  • the word literally is thrown around liberally these days, but the angle of the windows concentrated light and literally raised temperatures on certain points at street level past boiling point.

I guess it makes a better desktop background!

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