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There's a new office block under construction in London. For some reason, it was nicknamed the "Walkie Talkie" because of its shape – it's wider at the top than at the bottom, and supposedly resembles what a walkie-talkie looks like.

But, there's a problem. The design means that the outside of the building is curved inwards. And it's full of window glass. Which means that when the sun's rays are at just the right (i.e. wrong) angle, the curved glass focuses those rays onto the street below, with the kind of consequences that I would have thought that someone, sometime during the whole design/planning stage, should have realised.

Here's a news article with some pictures:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2409710/Walkie-Talkie-building-melting-bicycles-Light-reflected-construction-City-skyscraper-scorches-seat.html

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Apparently, the architect had previously designed a building in the USA that had the same problem. I'd have thought he should have learned a lesson from that. It'll probably be an engineer that wi

Oh, lawks! That's just crazy. It looks like it's made out of Lego - all it needs is a Gozilla-sized toddler to knock it down. Where is it? (Fortunately, I can tell from the traffic that it's not i

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maybe they are using non-reflecting glass or tinted glass. My Dad was an engineer and always complained that architects had their head where the sun didn't shine and no common sense about what is practical . Some even tried to defy the laws of physics !

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Apparently, the architect had previously designed a building in the USA that had the same problem. I'd have thought he should have learned a lesson from that.

It'll probably be an engineer that will solve the problem.

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Libby

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A year later ....

They've finally come up with a solution:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2786723/London-skyscraper-Walkie-Talkie-melted-cars-reflecting-sunlight-fitted-shading.html

which has turned what could have been an interesting building into something that looks like a giant industrial unit.

Libby

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Walkie Talkie Building

Before ~

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After (with sunshade) ~

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Thanks, Darlene. Just those two images tell the whole story.

Libby

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You are welcome. Check these buildings out, the first being totally ridiculous and unnecessary.

Click to enlarge seems like the wrong thing to say here ~

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This one I wouldn't want to enlarge either since it already looks way too crowded ~

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That first one - you have a very smart way of using words, Darlene. What on earth were the architects thinking of? Well, obviously not the obvious.

The second is just a travesty.

Libby

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Seoul, South Korea’s skyline, the Lotte World Tower will top out at 1,824 feet and 123 stories tall when it’s completed in 2016.
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Reminds me a little of the building in London ~

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Would you believe, this is someone's home?

https://www.yahoo.com/makers/wonderfully-weird-houses-c1423254528055.html

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