A Design Flaw Is Turning the London Shard Hotel Into a Voyeur's Dream
You'd think staying in the tallest skyscraper in
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.
Oops. Hotel guests in the Shard can see into other rooms at night due to design quirk. pic.twitter.com/wh9LBR1HFL
- David Enrich (@davidenrich) May 10, 2014
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.
The hotel's manager, presumably in a state of extreme panic, had the following to say about the little issue: "In some rooms, due to the unique shape of the Shard, guests may be able to glimpse into a neighbour's room. For this, blinds are available for guest privacy." That's a sadly earnest comment-after all, here in New York, hotels actually use exhibitionism as a sales pitch . [ The Guardian ]
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