Skyscraper's glare so hot it melts vehicle
By The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, 9:54 p.m.
LONDON — Motorists may want to think twice about parking in front of the half-built London skyscraper known as the Walkie-Talkie.
That's because the glare off the skin of the building is so intense that at least one Jaguar owner says it caused part of his vehicle to melt.
And that's not all: Locals say the building's heat burned a hole in the welcome mat of a barber shop across the street.
“We were working and just saw the smoke coming out of the carpet,” said shop owner Ali Akay. “This is a health and safety issue.”
Similar problems have plagued other modern buildings, including in Los Angeles, when neighbors of the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall reported heat buildups that required corrective measures.
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