This lunchtime crowds gathered at London’s newest tourist attraction to experience the heat reflected from Viñoly’s skyscraper
Rays reflected off the curved facade of the 37-storey tower, described by Mayor of London Boris Johnson as a ‘lovely new skyscraper that is producing Aztec death rays’, are widely reported to have started fires, damaged nearby businesses, cracked tiles and burnt a doormat.
In response to the phenomenon the City of London has suspended three parking bays.
Joint developers Land Securities and Canary Wharf have erected a scaffold screen on Eastcheap to protect pedestrians and buildings from the rays.
According to the developers the light beam at this time of year lasts about two hours a day and preliminary modelling indicates ‘the phenomenon’ will be present for two to three weeks.