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With the recent news that Rafael Viñoly Architects' 20 Fenchurch Street (or the "Walkie Talkie") in London has been producing an unusually hot solar reflection, dubbed the "Death Ray," we've put together a list of seven architectural blunders around the world - from the worrying to the downright absurd. Vdara Hotel (Las Vegas) / Rafael Viñoly Architects' It was reported in 2010 that this skyscraper can also melt things. Hotel guests have spoken about hair being "scorched" and plastic cups being "melted" at certain times of the day. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "employees call the phenomenon the 'Vdara death ray.'" Bridgewater Place (Leeds, UK) / Aedas Standing as the tallest building in Leeds, this tower "has caused one death" and "serious injuries" due to a powerful wind tunnel that forms around its base. BDOnline reports that following a total of 25 incidents, the Leeds city council is starting work on a solution. View more View full description
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