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Rafael Viñoly on Walkie Talkie 'Death Ray': Consultants to Blame

Rafael Viñoly on Walkie Talkie 'Death Ray': Consultants to Blame
Rafael Viñoly on Walkie Talkie 'Death Ray': Consultants to Blame, 20 Fenchurch Street, or the “Walkie Talkie,” by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Flickr User pembridge2
20 Fenchurch Street, or the “Walkie Talkie,” by Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Flickr User pembridge2

Why is the "Walkie Talkie" melting cars? Well, according to its architect, Rafael Viñoly, it's not because of the building's shape or material, but rather "the superabundance of consultants and subconsultants" that UK law requires. 

As reported by BD Online, Viñoly admitted that the building's unusually hot solar reflection (or "death ray," as many headlines are calling it) had been predicted early in the design process; however, it was thought it would only reach a temperature of 36 degrees, "but in fact it’s 72."

Viñoly then went on, placing blame on the consultant-heavy nature of design in the UK: “One of the problems that happens in [...London] is the superabundance of consultants and sub consultants that dilute the responsibility of the designers until you don’t know where you are.”

“Architects aren’t architects anymore. You need consultants for everything. In this country there’s a specialist to tell you if something reflects. It’s the fault of the architectural discipline which has cast itself into a completely secondary thing.”

Meanwhile, a temporary screen has been put in place to protect objects and people from the building's rays.

Story via BD Online

Cite: Vanessa Quirk. "Rafael Viñoly on Walkie Talkie 'Death Ray': Consultants to Blame" 06 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/425857/rafael-vinoly-on-walkie-talkie-death-ray-consultants-to-blame/> ISSN 0719-8884
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