London's 'Walkie-Talkie' Skyscraper Melts Cars

The new "Walkie-Talkie" skyscraper at 20 Fenchurch Street in London has been accused of using the sun to melt cars, damage bikes, and blind pedestrians.
September 4, 2013, 10am PDT | NicoleFerraro
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Duncan Harris

"This week businessman Martin Lindsay has complained that sunlight reflected by the skyscraper has warped panels on his Jaguar XJ saloon after he parked in a bay under the tower, which is officially called 20 Fenchurch Street. Engineer Eddie Cannon's van suffered a similar fate, and so have bikes..."

"The City of London Corporation has suspended parking in three bays in the way of the rays."

"Architect Rafael Vinoly designed the 37-storey building. It is not his first experience with the problems caused by a concave-glass front."

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Published on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 in Future Cities
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