Rafael Viñoly’s car-melting Walkie-Talkie Tower named Britain’s worst building of the year

Architecture, Awards, Newsletter, Other
Thursday, September 3, 2015
20 Fenchurch Street, known as the 'Walkie-Talkie' seen on the left. (Joshua Brown / Flickr)

20 Fenchurch Street, known as the Walkie-Talkie, seen on the left. (Joshua Brown / Flickr)

After roasting cars and carpets, London’s 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the Walkie-Talkie Tower, has itself been roasted as the winner of the Carbuncle Cup, British architecture’s least desirable award.

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British architects are now deciding which one of these six finalists is the worst building of the year

Architecture, Awards, International
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Gary Ullah / Flickr

(Gary Ullah / Flickr)

Six of the worst buildings in Britain, shortlisted by British magazine Building Design, will battle it out to claim British architecture’s least wanted trophy.

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This dying mall in Silicon Valley will be reborn with a 30-acre blanket of green roofs including a vineyard, orchard, and walking trails

(Courtesy San Hill Property Co.)

(Courtesy San Hill Property Co.)

Green roofs these days are the new blacktops. And just when you thought they couldn’t get any bigger, there are now plans to build a 30-acre park blanketing a mixed-use, $3 billion development in Cupertino, California. Right now, the site is the dying Vallco Shopping Mall.

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A circular bridge will go up this November over Uruguay’s beautiful Laguna Garzon, connecting two formerly remote shores

(Courtesy Rafael Vinoly Architects)

(Courtesy Rafael Vinoly Architects)

If conservatives bristle at building a bridge over a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just make it circular. This ring-shaped bridge by architect Rafael Viñoly will superimpose the Laguna Garzon, its circular design meant to minimize its environmental and visual impact by recalling a winding road—plus the fact that it uniquely affords veritable 360-degree views.

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Viñoly’s latest Manhattan skyscraper will only be half the size of his 432 Park tower, but that’s still really tall

Vinoly's 281 Fifth Avenue. (Courtesy Victor Homes via YIMBY)

Vinoly’s 281 Fifth Avenue. (Courtesy Victor Homes via YIMBY)

Rafael Viñoly‘s latest Manhattan luxury tower almost seems quaint next to his 1,396-foot-tall, trashcan-inspired 432 Park AvenueNY YIMBY has published renderings of the architect’s 281 Fifth Avenue in NoMad, which is only about half the size of his Park Avenue behemoth.

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Was Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park tower inspired by an architect-designed trashcan?

Is 432 Park really a supertall trashcan? (Montage by AN)

Is 432 Park really a supertall trashcan? (Montage by AN)

AN had the unique opportunity to walk around the top floor of the supertall 432 Park Avenue tower, where the full-floor penthouse with a $95 million view of Central Park is nearing completion. A Saudi billionaire, Fawaz Al Hokair, was recently announced as the buyer. Ironically, The Real Deal has reported this week that it was also announced by one of the architects—at a Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance lecture in December—that the Rafael Viñoly design was inspired by, wait for it, a trashcan.

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Another supertall tower to rise in Manhattan’s increasingly crowded supertall district

1 Park Lane. (Witkoff)

1 Park Lane. (Witkoff)

If you guessed that the newest luxury tower planned for Midtown, Manhattan would be very tall, skinny, and glassy then you, wise architectural observer, are correct. But don’t be too proud of your guessing skills—predicting that a luxury New York City skyscraper will be a glass-wrapped giant is like guessing Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. It’s too easy is what we’re saying.

Meet New York’s latest tower after the jump.

Take a look at the view from the tippy top of Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park, the supertall tower that will soon house the world’s billionaires

The Penthouse at 432 Park Avenue. (Matt Shaw / AN)

The Penthouse at 432 Park Avenue. (Matt Shaw / AN)

AN got a rare look at the penthouse of 432 Park, Rafael Viñoly‘s soon-to-be-tallest residential building in the western hemisphere. After a six-minute ride on the construction lift, expansive, $95 million views open up in a 360 degree panorama from large square windows along all four sides of the full-floor apartment.

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Gehry & Foster’s Battersea Redesign Seeks to Humanize Viñoly’s Original Masterplan


(Courtesy Battersea Power Station)

Despite having first dibs on the project, Rafael Viñoly is being forced to hedge his vision for London’s Battersea Power Station redevelopment under pressure from fellow power players Norman Foster and Frank Gehry. Responsible for guiding “Phase III” of the project, the latter pair have rejected the two large structures Mr. Viñoly had initially envisioned lining a raised pedestrian thoroughfare in favor of five smaller structures in an attempt to “humanize the scale.”

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Wilkinson Eyre Repurpose the Battersea Power Station with Residences, Observation Tower

Monday, November 11, 2013
Courtesy Wilkinson Eyre

Nearly 250 “Garden Square in the Sky” Apartments Will Form the Top Floors of the Repurposed Battersea Power Station in London. (Courtesy Wilkinson Eyre)

Last month, AN reported that the long-abandoned Battersea Power Station in London is moving forward with plans for architectural reuse and expansion. Frank Gehry and Foster + Partners are in on the plan for the surrounding residential neighborhood in London. Now, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, who have been chosen to repurpose the iconic power station building, has released official renderings of their vision for the Thames landmark.

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Chris O’Hara to Deliver Dynamic Facades at Facades+ PERFORMANCE

Midwest, National
Monday, September 23, 2013
Studio NYL and Rojkind Arquitectos produced the dynamic stainless-steel facade of the Liverpool Flagship Store in Mexico City (Courtesy Studio NYL)

Studio NYL and Rojkind Arquitectos produced the dynamic stainless-steel facade of the Liverpool Flagship Store in Mexico City (Courtesy Studio NYL)

With only one month remaining before Facades+ PERFORMANCE opens in Chicago, our exciting lineup of the industry’s leading innovators is gearing up for an electrifying array of symposia, panels, and workshops. Be there for this groundbreaking, two-day convergence of design and construction professionals, presented by AN and Enclos, coming to Chicago, October 24-25th.

Join Chris O’Hara, founding Principal of Boulder-based Studio NYL, for his day-one symposium, “Ludicrous Speed: the Design and Delivery of Non-traditional Facades on a Fast Track,” and learn first-hand from the experts the technologies and fabrication techniques that are revolutionizing the next generation of high performance facades. Register today to redefine performance for 21st century architecture, only at Facades+ PERFORMANCE.

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Rafael Viñoly Offers A Glimpse of Proposed 70-Story Tower

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Initial rendering of 22 Thames Street (left; Courtesy Tribeca Trib) and a Google street view before demolition (right; Courtesy Google).

Initial rendering of 22 Thames Street (left; Courtesy Tribeca Trib) and a Google street view before demolition (right; Courtesy Google).

Rafael Viñoly Architects has unveiled plans for a new 70-story residential tower located just a small block from the World Trade Center at 22 Thames Street. The developers are looking to replace the 10-story, former American Stock Exchange building with an 870-foot skyscraper. Fisher Brothers, who bought the site for $87.5 million in 2012, asked Rafael Viñoly to design the building and initial plans were presented to members of Community Board 1 last week, where Curbed and the Tribeca Tribune snapped photos of Viñoly’s rendering. The glass building would include space for 450 apartments and commercial use on the ground floor.

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