How architects plan to stop skyscrapers from blocking out sunlight

How architects plan to stop skyscrapers from blocking out sunlight
International architecture NBBJ firm has designed a pair of “no-shadow towers”

To some, they are shimmering visions of the future which hold the answer to the question of the UK’s expanding population. But others view modern skyscrapers and high-rise towers as eyesores that literally darken British cities by blocking out sunlight.

Now, an international architecture firm has come up with a novel solution, designing a pair of “no-shadow towers” which, they claim, would work together to redirect sunlight on to the streets and passers-by below.

The concept, unveiled by the firm NBBJ, comes amid continuing debate around the rapidly increasing number of tall buildings in Britain. In London alone, more than 230 towers are in development, while other UK cities and towns, including Manchester and Reading, plan their own high-rises.

The new design involves twin towers curved and angled to minimise any shadow. Using an algorithm, the architects took into account the angles at which the sun shines each day over a year, and translated the information into the buildings’ design.

The towers are designed to diffuse light on to the areas below them, avoiding a repeat of London’s disastrous “Walkie Talkie”, 20 Fenchurch Street. In 2013, the flared skyscraper was dubbed the “Walkie Scorchie” after it directed downwards fierce beams of sunlight capable of melting cars on the street. ….