Glass-Walled Skyscraper Melts Car




” An under-construction skyscraper in London has unintentionally become a solar death ray that melted a car.

The 37-storey building, officially named 20 Fenchurch Street, is nicknamed the Walkie Talkie or the Pint because of its planned shape, as shown above in an artist impression. As well as bulging at the sides, it has a concave face, shown front in the image.

Unfortunately that creates a problem, as discovered by Jaguar owner Martin Lindsay who parked opposite the building and returned to discover that not only had the Jaguar badge melted, but both the wing mirror and panels on the car had warped.

It soon became clear that the concave glass face of the building had reflected the rays of the sun, creating a true hotspot at ground level that’s reportedly been measured at 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). The local authority has now blocked off three parking spots in the street while the issue is investigated.”