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Architectural Death Ray: The Perils of Urban Living

Walkie Talkie Building under construction. Creative Commons / Paul Wilkinson via flickr.

Walkie Talkie Building. Creative Commons / Paul Wilkinson via flickr.

 

This is not related to small houses, density, or building, but it is so amazing that I need to mention it. The Daily Mail reports that the Walkie Talkie Tower in London is melting bikes, cracked building tiles, and frying eggs, due to the curvature of its facade. There are great photos, diagrams and quotes in the original article here.

It seems like concentrating the energy of the sun could be the next energy strategy in building design. Essentially the building is (allegedly) behaving like one of these thermo-solar plants. I wonder why the shops across the street don’t appreciate all the free energy they’re getting…

Another example of the “power” of architecture.

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