These Skyscrapers Cast No Shadow

These Skyscrapers Cast No Shadow

Plans have been submitted for a pair of innovative new London skyscrapers, designed so they do not cast a shadow on the street below. 

One of the biggest issues with building skyscrapers or high-rises in the modern city has been the shadows cast on public spaces, a blimp on rare sunny days. Currently there are plans for 230 more to be built across the Capital in the near future, and so, to deal with this problem NBBJ started a project called ‘No Shadow,’ using a computer modelling program to design twin buildings which work together to refract and disperse sunlight, thereby eliminating any shadow that may have been created had only one been built. As one of the buildings creates a shadow, the other acts as a mirror, reflecting sunlight back into its partner building’s shadow.

The architects promise the light reflected from the twin buildings won’t be as strong as the glare reflected from the Walkie Talkie building in Fenchurch Street which is now known as ‘Walkie Scorchie’, the fascia of which bounces light and heat from the sun on to surrounding buildings and the street below. Last year planning permission was granted to allow the developer to erect a ‘brise soleil’ sunshade to combat the damage the building had apparently caused.

Planning permission for skyscrapers often have to prove that their designs will not negatively impact the surrounding public space, casting shadows which potentially stretch for half a mile or more ruining the enjoyment of public life on street level.

NBBJ, are international architectural practice, has designed innovative buildings for Cambridge University, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

NBBJ design director, Christian Coop, said the project focused on finding a way in which the tall buildings we need could be built without losing natural light on the areas below.

photo credit: NBBJ/Vimeo

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