A London skyscraper, located on 20 Fenchurch Street, is melting cars and pavement and starting fires. The mirror-like windows of the building are reflecting sunlight in intense beams that heat up whatever they come into contact with. The skyscraper, nicknamed Walkie Scorchie, has been blamed for melting part of a Jaguar. Cars are no longer allowed to park in a certain area because of the danger the reflected sun's rays could melt vehicles. The building has also superheated pavement, smashed tiles and caused chairs and a rug to burn in a nearby cafe.
The Telegraph reports
that it is over 158 degrees Fahrenheit on sidewalks caught in the intense glare from the building on sunny days. The failed design of the building apparently was not noticed until the fall when the sun's position in the sky changed enough so that Londoners starting feeling the blazing heat on the ground from the refracted rays. Cities need to wise up and stop approving designs that lead to a magnifying glass effect. A building in Dallas - built using the highest reflective glass available - has caused similar problems
. Take a look: