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Plans To Solve London Fryscraper

Every now and then a famous architect encounters an embarrassing and very public problem with his work that gets seized by the press. Norman Foster had it with the Millennium Bridge wobbling, and now Rafael Vinoly has it with his design of 20 Fenchurch Street, the southern facade of which was leading to the sun being concentrated like Scaramanga's death ray and melting things in the street.

To rectify this, which in engineer-speak is known as "convergent sun reflections", some emergency cladding has been erected on the southern side of the skyscraper, but this has been a temporary solution that is hardly attractive and very clearly compromises the design of the Walkie Talkie. As a response, the architect now plans to add brise soliel with eight on each floor running from levels 3 to 34. These will project from the facade by 37.8 cm, and have a 1.5 metre mullion grid.

As well as protecting the streets below from the ravages of the sun, these will also help with internal solar shading. Originally part of the plan was that the offices within the building would have blinds to be used, but the installation of the louvres with their aluminium blades reduces the need for these to be employed.

The end result means that that sheer glass look on the southern face will be gone before it the tower was ever fully complete, but from a distance, only the sharp-eyed will notice a difference.

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20 Fenchurch Street

20 Fenchurch Street
20 Fenchurch Street, London
20 Fenchurch Street, London
20 Fenchurch Street, London
20 Fenchurch Street, London