20 Fenchurch Street, EC3
As a general rule, buildings should be bigger at the bottom than they are at the top. Ask any Ancient Egyptian. Rafael Viñoly has turned that rule upside-down, in more than one sense. His innovative design for the new 38-storey building at 20 Fenchurch Street, dubbed the 'Walkie-Talkie', is stunning on a purely aesthetic level. But like all great ideas, it's rooted in common sense. It's a way of incorporating larger floorplates without increasing the building footprint. That has serious commercial appeal. 673,600 sq. ft. of it.
The building has become a spectacular addition to the city’s skyline, completed in 2014 and is now 100% let. The varying size of the floor plates appeals to a range of prestigious occupiers including; Markel International, Tokio Marine Kiln Insurance, Ascot underwriting, Liberty Mutual and Liberty Syndicates, DWF, CNA, Lancashire, Jane Street Capital, and Allied World Assurance.
As well as being an established business address in the heart of the city, 20 Fenchurch Street has become a building for all Londoners. 155 metres up, the spectacular Sky Garden was opened in January 2015. Over three levels the 35th, 36th and 37th floors offer botanical gardens, the Sky Pod Bar, the Darwin Brassarie and Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill.