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20 Fenchurch Street: The Latest Architecture and News

Work On Walkie Talkie Fix Will Start This Month

00:00 - 16 May, 2014
Work On Walkie Talkie Fix Will Start This Month, © Flickr CC User pembridge2
© Flickr CC User pembridge2

Work to alter Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street - dubbed the Walkie Talkie due to its unusual shape and then the "Walkie Scorchie" after it created a heat-focusing ray strong enough to melt cars last summer - is due to start later this month, after planning permission for the additions was granted in April. The alterations, also designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, will see horizontal aluminium louvres added to the glass facade between the 3rd and the 34th floor to ensure that the reflective "death ray" effect is not repeated.

More on the building after the break

Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World

00:00 - 13 September, 2013
Seven Architectural Sins Committed Around the World, Edificio “Walkie Talkie” / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
Edificio “Walkie Talkie” / Rafael Viñoly Architects. Image © Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street (or the "Walkie Talkie") in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the "Death Ray," we've put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world - from the worrying to the downright absurd.

Reflection from the "Walkie Talkie" Making Cars Melt

00:00 - 2 September, 2013
Reflection from the "Walkie Talkie" Making Cars Melt, 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

The big story today is about a new development in London's financial district dubbed The Walkie Talkie due to its unusual shape.