Architect who designed 'The Walkie-Talkie' building dies aged 78
The Walkie-Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street (right), is an iconic landmark in London’s skyline. Credit: Heritage Images/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
“He was a visionary who will be missed by all those whose lives he touched through his work,” he added.
Founded in 1983 by Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects is based in New York City, with offices and projects across the world.
The Laguna Garzón Bridge’s unique circular shape, slows traffic to allow travelers to enjoy the scenic view. Credit: Rafael Vinoly Architects/Exclusivepix media/Zuma Press
Viñoly leaves behind a legacy in his award-winning portfolio which includes “The Walkie-Talkie” building, nicknamed for its resemblance to the communication device.
From the air, Carrasco International Airport in Canelones, Uruguay, looks like a wing. Credit: Mario Goldman/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay is also home to the circular Laguna Garzón Bridge, which forces travelers using it to slow down and enjoy the panoramic scenery.
In Asia, the Tokyo International Forum shows Viñoly’s touch: its Glass Hall comprises two intersecting glass and steel arcs.
The multi-award winning Tokyo International Forum in Japan was built to accomodate everything from performances to conventions and receptions. Credit: Raga/Prisma/Zuma Press
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”