Another ‘death ray’ glare building


Buildings are supposed to protect us, not attack us. But to hear a Chicago lawyer and others tell it, the new Vdara hotel in Las Vegas, designed by New York architect Rafael Vinoly, is bouncing “death ray” reflections off its facade, scorching people’s hair and even melting plastic cups.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal has the story, which reminds me of the same phenomenon at Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

In certain spots, standing on the sidewalk outside that building was like being cooked in a toaster oven. The problem, which later drew widespread attention when residents of nearby apartments complained that were having to draw their shades and turn on their air-conditioning, was eventually fixed.—death-ray–scorched-hair-103777559.html


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