Friday, 5 July 2013

20 Fenchurch Street

20 Fenchurch Street is best known for the Walkie Talkie Tower. The race for a new shape in high rise tower has started since the Fosters marvel, 30 St Mary Axe. Ever since, each new skyscrapper has been designed to add a new shape to the skyline of London. And each new tower since then has been given a name for its distinctive shape.

The 'Walkie Talkie' tower is designed by architect, Rafael Viñoly. The facade is a unitized system having different configuration at each elevation. Double skin on the south facade is to reduce heat gain and achieve performance criteria. The external shading fins on the East and West facade also give structural support to curtain wall. The fins seems that they have changed from what previously designed to be with louvers. Now they are seen to be opaque as constructed. The visually dominant fins give the illusion of the facade being double curved and the vertical lines diverge towards the South. Although the glazing system panels installed are in vertical positions and faceted at each floor height.
Despite the distorted reflections of the glass seen from below due to the bending of the glazing units to form the curvature, the curved  facade looks good in the sky line. The roof garden is still to be completed with its louvers joining the facade elevation on the sides making the form coherent from each angle. Once finished, the five side visually continuous envelope will be seen from the sky scrappers around it and also from inside the sky roof garden for free. 

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Daylight Analysis

Measuring Daylight Factor

Room number 6E 3.11 is situated in Bath, United Kingdom. The Daylight factor and illuminance values of the geometry of the room were obtained from three different sources on working plane:
  1. measurements in the actual room
  2. measurements in a model of the room in the artificial sky
  3. stimulations of the room in Ecotect
 The values found were varied.

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