Walkie Talkie tower, Fenchurch St crackles into life

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. sleaterkinney

    sleaterkinney Well-Known Member

    That's the thing, the buildings on that street are all low rise - some of them boring, but a lot look ok, this is going to look out of place where it is. The other skyscrapers like the gerkin work because there is space around them and you can look up and see the whole thing - this won't because of the narrow streets around it.

    I'm not sure the city needs all this extra office space either.
  2. 1927

    1927 Funnier than he thinks he is.

    Chrysler is NOT open to the public and hasn't been for years,
  3. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Oh? My mistake then.
  4. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    The viewing platform on the Rockefeller Centre only reopened relatively recently too (2005) after being closed for nearly twenty years.
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  5. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

  6. bromley

    bromley ...isn't as good as Lewisham.

    Looks like it's on fire, good work Editor, burn it down! :D
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  7. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    That's how it looked on Saturday afternoon - no filters used in that pic!
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  8. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    Great to know it's re-opened. It really is the best view in New York.
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  9. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

  10. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    Very interesting! How substantial are those rumours?
  11. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

  12. cybertect

    cybertect It's grim up north (London)

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  13. g force

    g force Affects Shatner's Basoon

    Could be some truth in it...UBS announced laying off 10k people in Europe, and the majority of those will be the London-based traders (the bank is essentially removing itself from investment banking per se and going back to it's roots of being a wealth manager). So quite who would be in this building is anyone's guess - were any figures announced in terms of how many people it was meant to house?

    I suppose they could still take it on and then sub-let to other firms.
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  14. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    They could have made their mind up before demolishing the old building :mad:
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  15. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    I wonder what the design life actually is. I know many flats put up have only a 50 year life less than half the lease length.
  16. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    "Design Life" is a nebulous term. Any building will last more or less forever if properly maintained.
  17. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    What next? An electric toothbrush? Food mixer? :D
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  18. 19sixtysix

    19sixtysix Life as viewed from a Gay Gorbals Garret

    Not so sure about that with some of the modern construction techniques. The flat I heard about with the 50 year design life included lots of rubber like gaskets between parts of the building. Can't imagine them being fixable when they decay after a good few years. These had the estimated 50 year life. At work its the rubber parts that's finished off many a machine. Neoprene pinch rollers are fantastic because they turn to a viscous fluid and just drip away.
  19. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    I don't like it at all. It has a shape that creates unease. It just looks wrong in the landscape.
  20. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    It also makes the mistake of having a concave, reflective south-facing facade. Here's a simulation of the focused "hot spots" that will result:


    Compare how the flat-faced buildings give much fainter reflected light.
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  21. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    It looks like a normal oblong building made of sad jelly.
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  22. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    It looks like a bully, put there to intimidate nearby buildings.
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  23. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    noone who would be willing to be quoted! but more than idle speculation. basically therre will not be the demand for as many offices as they will have round there so some willneed to be sold of. they aren't in the business of leasing buildings so if their money is already committed they may pullout at a later stage/dump one of their other buildings...?
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  24. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

  25. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    I have to say that close up I kind of grew to like it a bit.
  26. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I go past it a few times a week- I'm not a fan. It looms oddly.
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  27. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    It is different though and it's certainly better than what was there before.
  28. RedDragon

    RedDragon "I am not one of your fans!"

    It's fast becoming one of my favourite towers.
  29. pissflaps

    pissflaps i've got a headache in my pants...

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  30. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    I think it looks great up close. The splayed fins and subtle curves are very graceful. The over-curving glass means you see reflections of the city as well as the sky. But I still think it's an ugly addition to the skyline. Squat and bulbous and overbearing. It's all on its own as well, making a mess of the "cluster" of towers in the City. "The Sore Thumb" is a better epithet, IMO.
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