A bad new trend: buildings that act as magnifying glasses and burn people like ants**

First off there the building above, still being built. According to the Express,  the “half-finished 37-storey tower at 20 Fenchurch Street in central London, dubbed the “Walkie Talkie” due to its distinctive shape, is now being called the “Walkie Scorchie” due to it’s ability to concentrate sun rays and melt cars and singe hair.  Don’t believe me? Read this.

It’s not the first either building to do so either.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, designed by none other than Frank Gehry, did something similar.

I find it incredible that architects don’t take this into account when they are designing buildings, given that they take so much into account, such as shadow and wind creation. Then again, these building curvatures are fairly recent creations. Perhaps it will be taken into account now.

More on the Walkie Scorchie building here.

** Slight exaggeration, but still! 🙂

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2 responses to “A bad new trend: buildings that act as magnifying glasses and burn people like ants**

  1. I agree with you, how come they did not have a computer simulation about light reflection? This building must have been designed by an astigmatic architect.

    • smartpeopleiknow

      It is a mystery. I wonder if they even have software to measure this? That said, even I knew about Gehry’s building causing problems: they must have as well. Given that, they should have thought: I wonder if this will happen with our building?

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