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Poolside guests at a newly-opened Las Vegas hotel have been enjoying the complex's quick-tan facility - a solar "death ray" with the power to burn flesh and melt plastic. Artist's rendering of the concave Vdara hotel The architects responsible for the MGM Mirage Vdara underestimated the converging power of the building's …
Did nobody think that it might be a better idea to make the convex side of the building North-facing? Did they not think that building a massive curved mirror IN THE DESERT might focus the sunlight? Or maybe, just maybe, this was the world's best practical joke on the part of the architect...
...it looks so pretty!
"This is quite literally an astronomical challenge. We are dealing with a moving target." Technically true, but it's not like the path of the sun across the sky is an unknown, for any season. define a parabolic walled garden area, do something useful on it, solar cells or water heating, claim to be environmentally friendly, feature not flaw, etc.
Flames because...well, stay in the deathray too long and burst into flames :D
>"...We are dealing with a moving target." Technically true
Depends on how technical you care to get. Relatively it is false. It as long been accepted, even by the church, albeit reluctantly, that the earth moves around the sun hence the sun is a stationary target. In addition the trajectory of the focus point on any given day is due more to the rotation of the earth than any perceived movement of the sun.
I'm still wiping the tears out of my eyes. This must be the funniest cock-up ever, and the beauty of it is that there is little that can be done about it other than marking an area unusable. It's an epic, real live, god-knows-how-many-floors-high monument of a cock-up.
Which dipswitch of an architect hasn't learned about concave and convex?
Hahaha, I would not believed that from a James Bond plot, let alone in real life. LOL...
Thanks for making my day..
There's something that can be done - mount the building on a big pivot and turn it into a useable, aimable deathray! It's fortunate that MGM owns the majority of the Vegas strip and as such doesn't have many buildings that it could contemplate blowing up..
re: your James Bond comment - you missed Die Another Day then, specifically the Icarus project? Understandable as you were probably p1ssing yourself laughing at the ridiculous invisible car :)
A building in Exeter (Renslade House?) exhibited the same phenomena ....Crossing the Northern bridge across the river Exe one would receive a blast of radiation from the concave office block at certain times........despite best efforts it never melted a plastic bag but it certainly provided a welcome blast of heat on a chilly day......
a) Alter the angle of the individual window panels so that they point up, or outwards. Or, you could get really clever and make them steerable, see b)
b) Put a solar collector above the affected area, either photo-voltaic or simple water heater. If you go with steerable window panels in a), it needn't be enormous. Not cheap, but it'll pay for itself eventually and you'd probably get a grant off the government.
c) Put a non-reflective coating on the affected windows. Cheap-ish, but the heat has to go somewhere so it'll pummel the air con, and the rooms will be darker.
Talk to the Spaniards, they just built a power station that does this deliberately. I think there's a couple in the US, too.
"The term "solar furnace" has also evolved to refer to solar concentrator heating systems using parabolic mirrors or heliostats where 538 °C (1,000 °F) is now commonly achieved. The largest solar furnace in the world is at Odeillo in the Pyrenees-Orientales in France, opened in 1970."
Flames... "'cause it's hot." [BOC]
in old man voice:
"It will be a great disaster"...
google the episode where the solar mirror to beam the sun's rays into a dark alpine valley falls over when struck by lightning and the next day starts a fire when the misdirected reflections hit a thatched roof...
Instead of putting up umbrellas or plants, why not make a grid of solar cells that can offer some shade and convert that sun energy in to electricity.
The upside is that marketing could spin this as a way to make the building greener and reduce their operating costs. Plus they probably could get a tax credit too.
Simple solution that the hotel could afford and get some good publicity out of it.
If you are looking for a cost effective solution you have to install solar panels over the affected area. At least most of it. There could be days when the extra heat might be welcomed. And certainly anyone is smart enough to move to the shade when they are beginning to boil off their sweat.
...the incredible Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. It's a Gehry building made up of waves and ripples finished in stainless steel. Most of the building was frosted, but some panels were left like mirrors and they were roasting the occupants of nearby buildings. The panels were later frosted to reduce the reflection.
It's not quite worth a trip to LA (frankly, little is); but if you're there, it's well worth a look.
Surely it isn't hard to incentivize the hotel owners to fix the issue? Just build a large parabolic reflector and point it back at the hotel. The entire hotel surface area focussed down to a few mm^2 should get their attention. If you can get line of sight on a disco mirror ball so much the better!
Genius story tho. The only improvement would be to find that the anti reflective coating degrades in sunlight...
""maybe some large plants"" Heat-resistant, like, erm...nope, can't find anything that'll stand up to that.
<joke> Of C4? Think there's some blokes in white robes holidaying in Cuba who'd love to help out. </joke>
Seriously, I can't imagine how they're gonna fix it. Unless, tilting the windows (there must be thousands) upwards a few degrees*, or randomly staggering the angle of each one by a bit. Nightmare. Cheaper, I'd have thought to relocate the pool, and return the 'target area' to the desert from whence it came.
*(Architect - if you do this, checkout the ISS flightpath first).
Simple answer, create a shaded area directly in its path, be it a gift shop, bar, seating area etc., and by putting solar cells on the roof you can power air-con or fans to keep visitors cool, power tills, or use it to heat the pool...
Penguin - because it's an open source idea and they like to keep their cool :-p
I can attest that this particular building is not required if you'd like to feel like you are being cooked; simply remaining outside an air conditioned area for longer than about 15 minutes during a summer day will do. After about that much time the heat from above (the sun) and below (the asphalt) becomes overwhelming.
have a look at Luxor: nobody thought in advance that open walkways running around the inside of a pyramid from the third floor all the way to the top would provide insolvent gamblers an easy way to cut their losses, resulting in diners at the ground floor buffet often finding their meals interrupted. The fix? Move the buffet into the basement. The walkways are still wide open, and, frankly, terrifying.
Anyway, the solution to the current problem is obvious: sue the crap out of everyone involved, find that the hotel's reputation is irrevocably tarnished and then shut and knock it down.
which tracks the moving beam, possibly partly powered by the beam itself. Could be a form of a tracked or suspended item. If (another) architect were to be used who had an artistic bent it could look quite good. It could generate power. Use some power also for a nice water feature near the pool......
If this building is melting bags with a 70% reduction in solar power, I can't imagine how bad it would have been stock!
@Lewis Mettler 1, solar panels won't work, unfortunately. This is actually a problem being worked on -- if you concentrate LARGE amounts of solar power onto a solar panel, it melts, just like the plastic bags etc. did for them. The solar collector systems being developed right now actually end up using steam or the like.
@Mike Richards, you beat me to it -- I remember reading about that, the neighbors across the street were wondering why they all of a sudden had to run the A/C full tilt and it was still like 100+ degrees in their apartments. My understanding is even AFTER frosting the building they still have to make payments to the apartment owners to make up for greatly increased cooling bills.
There was also that sculpture somewhere in Britain that had to be reworked because semi-crispy dead birds were dropping out of the sky.
and entirely keeping within the Las Vegas model for solving problems is to not only mark the pavement, but then to also *charge people* to go into the focal space: "ULTRA TANNING AREA $10 for 10 minutes (Tan at your own risk)". The revenues will make up for the cost of moving the cordoned-off areas around.
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