London‘s newest mod building has been known to melt Jaguars and fry eggs.
We studied Raphael Viñoly’s work when I was in The College of Architecture at the University of Florida in the early 1980’s. His acclaimed firm did loads of work in South America in the 1970’s and he even guest lectured at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, among others.
Unfortunately, the hot topic in London right now is Viñoly’s new building in the financial district which has the effect of an enormous magnifying glass and burns anything in it’s narrow but scorching range. The buildings form gets wider and deeper as it gets taller and, as well, has a concave shape.
Ok, so Londoners started calling it the walkie-talkie building. But, upon realization that parts of cars were melting across the street in a few key parking spaces, the witty Britts have begun calling it the “Walkie-Scorchie Building”.
Viñoly is quoted as saying that he expected the problem and hired consultants who devised a special type of glass that would prevent the problem. Well, that did’t work, so they have erected a temporary screen in front of the building.
The architect and consultants are working on a more permanent film solution for the glass. I have to say, not a bad looking building…
So much for having fried eggs on the sidewalk. Boo.
- “We made a lot of mistakes with this building” says Walkie Scorchie architect Viñoly (dezeen.com)
- Walkie Talkie architect ‘didn’t realise it was going to be so hot’ (theguardian.com)
- Rafael Viñoly on Walkie Talkie ‘Death Ray’: Consultants to Blame (archdaily.com)
- Is there a Walkie Scorchie near you? (theguardian.com)
- London’s Walkie-Talkie ‘Fryscraper’ Draws Crowds in Heat – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- A Brief History of Buildings That Melt Things (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- London skyscraper ‘melting’ cars with scorching ray of light (theweek.co.uk)
- CGI artist predicted “Walkie Scorchie” effect a year ago (dezeen.com)
- Walkie Talkie developers build screen to stop ‘death ray’ (theguardian.com)
- Reporter sent to see if London’s “Walkie Scorchie” building can fry an egg; retreats when hair catches fire (vancouversun.com)