After the shocking news that the Walkie Talkie tower in London melted part of a Jaguar parked nearby, a scaffold sun screen was created to lessen the level of damage that its hot, burning reflections can cause.
According to the Telegraph UK, the 37-storey tower located at 20 Fenchurch Street in London is now called the "Walkie Scorchie" instead of the Walkie Talkie. This is all due to the recent incident that the heat from the sun that bounces on its building can melt cars and even fry eggs.
As an action plan, the developers pushed to creating a black sun screen as a temporary solution to the ongoing problem. The sun screen measures 10 ft high x 13 ft long and was erected on the pavement to protect nearby shops from the heat that is emitted by the building's glass walls. In addition, they decided to close off a total of three parking bays to also prevent any possible damage to other cars.
Uruguayan architect Rafael Vinoly is also the one behind the design of the Vdara Hotel located in Las Vegas which also went through the same problems. In September 2010, reports of the building's death rays caused a lot of guests suffering from extreme burns. On the other hand, business owners around London have been complaining that the Walkie Talkie building has been affecting paint works and even smashed tiles.
With temperatures set to rise up to as high as 30 degrees within the week, the developers are expecting for the newly developed sun screen to prevent any mishaps from happening again. All of them are crossing their fingers that the sun screen will absorb much of the heat instead of reflecting and letting it bounce off.
In the meantime, Henderson Global Investors, Ltd is planning to create a huge office complex that will soon rival the existing Walkie Talkie tower, Business Week reports.
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