Archipicture 05: The WALKIE TALKIE


Translated by Hilary Luk |   中文版

New York architect Viñoly designed a London building, dubbed the ‘Walkie Talkie’ due to its unique concave glass design. Recently, the ‘Walkie Talkie’ extraordinarily melted a Jaguar car, which was parked next to the building.



Due to the building’s extremely close-hitting reflective microwave powers, nearby stores have complained that the reflected heat has melted bicycle seats, caused doormat smoke, peeled off wall paint and cooked stored raw eggs. However, one benefit from this scorching heat was that no snow needed to be shoveled in winter.




The architect claimed that he considered this during his design plans. However, he only estimated the temperature of the reflected light to reach 36 C, instead of the current 72 C.