Company: Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group
Estimated Damage Value: $1,000 for the car/Unknown for the building*
Skyscrapers are commonplace in big cities across the world, but how many of them have been known to melt cars and other businesses? The “Walkie Talkie” on 20 Fenchurch Street in London hit the headlines on news outlets 2014 after it melted a Jaguar parked across the street from the sun’s reflection.
The Jaguar cost over $1,000 to fix, but the damages from the building’s glare didn’t stop there. Close-by businesses said windows cracked from the heat, forcing the $250-million-dollar building to spend an undisclosed amount on fitting a giant sunshade to its south-facing side.
When the owner of the car, Mr. Lindsay explained the damage to his car to the BBC he said the wing mirror, panels, and Jaguar badge had all been badly melted, telling them, “You can’t believe something like this would happen.”