Walkie Scorchie architect finally speaks out about mistakes
The architect of 20 Fenchurch Street today blamed the excessive use consultants for the ‘solar death ray’ reflecting off the building which has melted cars, bicycle seats and caused fires.
Speaking at the International Herald Tribune’s Visionary Cities event Rafael Viñoly admitted that the solar reflection had been spotted early in the design process “but the calculations said it was only going to be 36 degrees, but in fact it’s 72”.
He added: “One of the problems that happens in this town [London] is the superabundance of consultants and sub consultants that dilute the responsibility of the designers until you don’t know where you are.”
Viñoly, who promised that the problem would be rectified, also blamed the wider state of the architectural profession in the UK for handing over control of projects.
“Architects aren’t architects anymore,” he said. “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, Canary Wharf Group and Land Securities have put up a temporary screen to protect objects and people from the rays of the sun reflecting off the building.