Gherkins, Walkie Talkies, Lloyd's building & more...

Skyscrapers’ Showroom and the Glory of the Past

Straight after my Whitechapel outing, I carried out, attracted by the bright lights of the city, towards the big “iconic” buildings that make the City of London a shop-window display for some of the most-award-winning buildings on Earth, as if it was a spectacle, not a place to live.

When you walk across these buildings, you cannot believe how big they are, and how together they are built. 

The Gherkin, formally 30 St Mary Axe and previously known as the Swiss Re Building, is a commercial skyscraper in London’s primary financial district, the City of London. It was completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004.[10] With 41 floors, it is 180 metres (591 ft) tall and stands on the sites of the former Baltic Exchange and Chamber of Shipping.

20 Fenchurch Street is a commercial skyscraper in London that takes its name from its address on Fenchurch Street, in the historic City of London financial district. It has been nicknamed “The Walkie-Talkie” because of its distinctive shape, said to resemble a two-way radio handset. Construction was completed in spring 2014, and the three-floor “sky garden” was opened in January 2015. The 38-storey building is 160 m (525 ft) tall. Since July 2017, the building has been owned by Lee Kum Kee Groups. Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly and costing over £200 million, 20 Fenchurch Street features a highly distinctive top-heavy form which appears to burst upward and outward.

122 Leadenhall Street, which is also known as the Leadenhall Building, is a 225-metre-tall (738 ft) skyscraper in central London. It opened in July 2014 and was designed by the Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners; it is known informally as The Cheesegrater.

The Lloyd’s building (1986) designed by Richard Rogers & Partners, is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd’s of London. It is located on the former site of East India House in Lime Street, in London’s main financial district, the City of London. The building is a leading example of radical Bowellism architecture in which the services for the building, such as ducts and elevators, are located on the exterior to maximise space in the interior.

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Gherkins, Walkie Talkies, Lloyd’s building & more…

26 July 2023

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