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September 7 2013

Meet The Skyscraper That Melts Cars


Beware the glare. A London skyscraper under construction, called the “Walkie-Talkie” by locals for its distinctive shape, melted a black car parked nearby. The building’s curving, reflective exterior is also being blamed for scorching a van, cracking tiles and burning carpet.

Martin Lindsay recently parked his black Jaguar XJ on Eastcheap, a street near the 37-story 20 Fenchurch Street building under construction in London. Unfortunately for the tiling company director, the building curve concentrated a beam of light on the vehicle that was so powerful it warped some of the panels beyond repair. Before that, the ultra-bright reflection irritated pedestrians and melted the side panels on a parked Vauxhall Vivaro van.

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