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Rays Of Light From This London Skyscraper Are Melting Parked Cars
September 3, 2013
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Twenty Fenchurch Street is a 37-storey skyscraper designed by the New York architect Rafael Viñoly that's currently going up in central London. The building, which has been nicknamed The Walkie-Talkie, is set to open in 2014. In the meantime, according to BBC News, the tower has melted cars and bicycles parked nearby.

One of the alleged victims is Martin Lindsay, who made the mistake of parking his Jaguar XJ on a street a couple blocks away. Two hours later, the car's side-view mirror, panels and badge had begun to deform under the heat reflected from the tower.

The building's developer, Land Securities, issued a statement blaming the scorching phenomenon on the current elevation of the sun in the sky. "It currently lasts for approximately two hours per day, with initial modelling suggesting that it will be present for approximately two-to-three weeks," the statement said. In the meantime, the City of London has closed three parking bays believed to be in the building's sight lines.

According to The Daily Mail, the tower's concave face concentrates a large amount of light into a relatively small area. In addition to torching cars and bikes, the Walkie-Talkie has also been blamed for shattered slate tiles, a burned doormat at a barbershop and even a blistered lemon.

A blistered lemon in the window of a barbershop in London (Photo: Matt Dunham/AP)

To test the severity of the heat coming from the Walkie-Talkie, City A.M., a free business newspaper in London, turned to that old journalistic standby — using the light to fry an egg. In only about five minutes, their reporter cooked himself a breakfast sandwich, which he dubbed Oeuf à la Walkie Scorchie.

Via BBC News


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