Walkie Talkie Building’s Laser Beams Injures People and Property
Officially named 20 Fenchurch Street, there's a 37 story building in London that is shaped like a huge walkie talkie and it is one hot property. It has caused the city of London one problem after another.
Completed in 2014, the building has been officially given London's 'worst' building award. The Walkie Talkie building, which really looks like an enormous walkie talkie looming over London's skyline, is primarily a building of concrete, steel and glass. It's concave shape redirects sunlight like a laser beam during certain times of the year. The temperature on the street under the building can reach temperatures as high as 190 degrees. Local and tourists gather under the building to see just how long they can stand the heat. Others bring pans and eggs and cook on the sidewalk. Many drivers have filed complaints with 20 Fenchurch Street because the building has melted parts of their cars. The building has caused other property damage as well.
If shooting laser beams at people nearby weren't enough, the Walkie Talkie building also causes a downdraft that can be powerful enough to knock people over.
The architects were warned by the planning commission that the building would cause "significant visual harm" but plans stayed the same.
20 Fenchurch Street is the 17th tallest building in London. It has 16 elevators and a rooftop sky garden that visitors claim looks more like an airport terminal.
The big giant Walkie Talkie building was recently sold and retrofitted with shade protectors.
Ironically, the designers of 20 Fenchurch Street also designed the Aria hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The Aria building is the hotel in Vegas known to shoot laser beams of sunlight burning guests laying out by its pool. Like it's sister in London, the Aria has placed shade protectors around its pool area.