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Death ray buildings

2013-09-03 17:39:45.243911+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

I kinda think the architect hate is played out here on Flutterby, but everyone else is mentioning this...

Rafael Vinoly, the same starchitect who designed the Las Vegas hotel that reflected light into its pool area, melting cups and shopping bags and scorching hair, didn't learn from his mistake, and the "Walkie-Talkie" building in London is now melting cars. (hat tip to Larry).

Seriously, check out the Jaguar side-pillar damage in the picture on this article. (Via MeFi)

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-09-25 18:55:53.633779+00 by: Dan Lyke

Interview with Rafael Vinoly in The Guardian. That this guy presumably got a degree from somewhere doesn't just impugn that school, it denigrates education as an entire institution.

"I knew this was going to happen," said Viñoly, speaking to the Guardian on Friday. "But there was a lack of tools or software that could be used to analyse the problem accurately."

"When it was spotted on a second design iteration, we judged the temperature was going to be about 36 degrees," he said. "But it's turned out to be more like 72 degrees. They are calling it the 'death ray', because if you go there you might die. It is phenomenal, this thing."


"When I first came to London years ago, it wasn't like this," he said. "Now you have all these sunny days. So you should blame this thing on global warming too, right?"

(All of these pull quotes and more over at the Gizmodo article)