Tonight’s music video is “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” covered by the Del McCoury Band from the DVD All Star Bluegrass Celebration.
Oops. Gizmodo reports that the design of a fancy London hotel skyscraper, the Shard, allows visitors to see into neighboring rooms.
But visitors at the newly-opened hotel inside of the Shard are being creeped out by the bizarre effects of a simple design flaw—which reflects the view inside of certain rooms directly onto the windows of nearby guests at night.
According to The Guardian, a mistake in architect Renzo Piano’s detailing means that visitors to the Shangri-La Hotel are getting a perfect view into other rooms. And this isn’t your average Rear Window-type of situation you might find at hotels like the Standard in Manhattan, where guests knowingly show off inside of their glass-walled rooms. Because, in this case, visitors don’t realize they’re on display.
You see, the edges of Piano’s Shard jut out past the flat planes of the building’s facade—it’s a formal flourish that gives the building its crystalline appearance. But when the lights are on in any given room, the projecting glass edges act as mirrors beaming a reflection of one room’s interior onto the windows of another.
— David Enrich (@davidenrich) May 10, 2014
The Guardian reports that the hotel hasn’t been very successful:
Despite the stunning design by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and glamorous marketing, as recently as January it remained practically a shell almost a year after its opening. Ten apartments, designed to pull in some of the richest people on the planet with price tags of £30m to £50m each, lie empty and are still for sale just as the so-called ultra-prime London property market seems to be slowing.
Maybe the hotel owners should turn this bug into a feature, or a marketing opportunity … Visit the Shard and show us what you got!
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