Instructables

How to make the worlds biggest solar oven.

I guess none of the architects working on this have heard of a solar oven.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/skyscraper-glare-melted-jaguar-030113441.html#aKnu24L

I'm looking forward to seeing how they fix it :-)


mh76dk11 months ago
It seems they are just gonna ignore it till it goes away, take a pill and call again tomorrow if it still hurts :-)
"This solution should minimise the impact on the local area over the next two-to-three weeks, after which time the phenomenon is expected to have disappeared."
Kiteman mh76dk11 months ago
They seem to have forgotten that the problem will not disappear as the seasons change, just move.

If they're lucky, part of the year will see the focal point moving into empty space above the buildings, but it will come back around again next year!

I think they ought to make a feature of the effect: build a permanent structure over the affected area, shading it from damage, and cover that structure in plumbing to provide free hot water to the properties affected.
Nostalgic Guy (author)  Kiteman11 months ago
I agree it would be good to make a feature of it but I think the idea of giving something away would be entirely alien to the kind of people who spend £270 million on a building, unless of course there was a tax break involved.
mh76dk Kiteman11 months ago
Yeah, though I was not obvious that was kinda what I was hinting at. Not knowing much about the subject I would suspect it to return, if not directly at the same spot then at least the same area - I wouldnt want to live across the street from such a death ray.

Putting it to good use either as something functional or even as an art-installation (possibly explaining the natural reason(s) behind the effect etc.) could work, but if the focal point moves around a lot that could prove difficult (I admit complete ignorance to the effect and any related physics and math :-)

I do keep thinking to myself that if this had been a private citizen i suspect they would have been forced to take it down in no time flat (yes, im having a "the man is out to get me"-moment).
kelseymh11 months ago
See this writeup in Physics World. The architect also designed the Las Vegas hotel Vdara, which has exactly the same problem: there's a whole section around the pool which has to be closed off for part of the day (I've been there, and got escorted out of the zone) because guests were getting burned.

So apparently the architect doesn't learn from his own mistakes.
Nostalgic Guy (author)  kelseymh11 months ago
Now that really is beyond belief, I can understand the desire to build something that is different & eye catching but why on earth would you revisit a design that has already proved to be flawed? surely he could at least have put the concave side away from the sun.
Kiteman kelseymh11 months ago
You'd think folk would check references...