Gallery: Glare from ‘Walkie Talkie’ Skyscraper Melts Parked Cars in Lon...


Developers of the unusually-shaped 525-foot, £200 million skyscraper under construction at 20 Fenchurch Street, London, are scrambling to find a solution after it was determined that glare from the building is causing cars to melt. Rafael Viñoly’s distinctively curved ‘Walkie Talkie’ building creates a beam of concentrated sunlight that is not only uncomfortable for pedestrians below – it left one man’s Jaguar XJ with warped side panels and a “smell of burning plastic” after the car was parked within the beam’s reach for just one hour.

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  1. Derek Lessard September 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    just put some kind of solar generator in place of the 3 parking spaces. Now the architect can say it was his plan all along to create green energy

  2. ygogolak September 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    \”…who appears to have learned nothing from the errors of Frank Gehry,\”

    He didn\’t even have to look that far. It happened at the Vdara hotel in Vegas that they designed.

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