20 Fenchurch Tower—Special Structures

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20 Fenchurch Tower—Special Structures

London, UK

Architect: Rafael Viñoly Architects

Client: Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd.

Completion: 2014
Category: Commercial

Project Type: Structural Engineering

Attribution: Crispin Howes* 

*Prior to joining PICCO

Role: Lead Engineer, Special Structures and Skygarden Roof

The curved form of this 160m commercial tower, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, tapers elegantly outward from a small footprint. Above the office floor is a spectacular public SkyGarden offering panoramic views to the north over the city of London and to south over the Thames. The enclosure for the SkyGarden series of doubly-curved steel portal frames which span the full distance of the floor plate and are a continuation of the building’s signature fin expression. Glass panels enclose the zones between the portals and a 15m tall curved glass walls at the north and south ends are suspended from the roof portals above.

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