Does the Walkie-talkie tower really appear like 2 way radio, and what else does it contain?

14/01/14 11:42 AM

I’m delighted you inquired. 20 Fenchurch Street, warmly known as the ‘Walkie Talkie Tower’ and less kindly known as the ‘Walkie Scorchie’ (yeah, that is a name that is by no means catching on), is a commercial skyscraper in inner London. It is presently under construction and is not supposed to be finished until next year. When all is said and done, it will have cost some £200 Million to build.


The structure gets its nickname because it’s considered to resemble a walkie talkie (though, being honest, I can not see it myself). It is also called the pint, something that’s much more appropriate.


When completed, the construction will stand at 160m high and have 37 floors. The ‘Walkie Talkie Tower’ was designed by Rafael Viñoly (the guy who designed the Tokyo International Forum, Carrasco International Airport plus the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, just in case you wondered) and can include a patch on the roof that will be open to the public.


The tower is the topic of some controversies since the project’s origin. Initially, it was designed as being 200 metres high, but this was scaled back in the middle of concerns that it’d obscure views of local landmarks Saint Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London. Heritage groups complained further and there was a open inquiry (which unsurprisingly found in favour of those guys with £200Million burning a hole in their wallets). The building work has suffered some delays (as it was initially expected to be complete by 2011), but is currently considered to be on schedule.


The tower made further headlines this year after motorists complained that it’s acting like a giant magnifying glass and ‘melting’ their motors. In fact, the firms accountable of the building’s development actually paid out £1000 in compensation to a Mr. Lindsay, after his car was strictly damaged. Joint developers Land Securities and Canary Whorf Group issued the following statement in light of those events, and Canary Whorf Group issued this report in light of these events, “As a gesture of goodwill, we have offered to meet the repair costs of his car. As responsible developers we take the issue seriously and are open to discussions with any individual or business that may have been adversely affected on a case by case basis.” That was nice of them.


That is good of them.


Shortly afterwards nearby car parks were closed until later in the year, when the sun’s heat is less extreme.


Apparently, another building of Rafael Viñoly’s, the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas, also suffers from the sunlight reflection problem, being nicknamed the ‘Vdara Death Ray’ by locals…


Also, I actually just read that some motorists are referring to the tower as the ‘Fryscraper’. Now that is a name that may catch on.

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