I thought I'd write up some of my favourite days of 2014 here. Swiss Re asked me to give a talk to a visiting group of architects from Zurich about The Gherkin and accompany them to the top of the building. I always love speaking to Swiss Re VIPS and guests as I can do this in one of the Swiss Re floors and have everybody actually sitting inside one of the light wells that spiral through the building. It's a perfect place to talk about Foster's innovative design and for everyone to have an opportunity to view the impressive architecture from the inside (and an experience that most visitors to the building don't have). The talk went very well, although nervous the first time I spoke to a group of architects I am now comfortable and know that I can answer most questions (and can find out the occasional one I don't know).
The visit was a big success, I loved that everyone shared my passion for the building and a special touch was that Swiss Re UK presented me with flowers afterwards and the head of the Zurich group gave me some exquisite Confiserie Sprungli chocolates and an invitation to join the group on a backstage tour of Tate Modern. Definitely a favourite day.