Vdara Casino's shape burning people
The design and construction of the Vdara hotel has meant that a strong concentration of the sun's rays are being magnified and reflected off of the hotel's exterior and on to the pool area. This phenomenon, dubbed as the “death ray”, has led to several guests being severally burned.
Last week Chicago lawyer, Bill Pintas was bathing at the Vdara pool when he reported: "I'm sitting there in the chair and all of the sudden my hair and the top of my head are burning. I'm rubbing my head and it felt like a chemical burn. I couldn't imagine what it could be.”
"I was effectively being cooked. I started running as fast as I could without looking like a lunatic."
Employees of the Vdara casino confirmed to him that they knew of this, laughing: "Yeah, we know. We call it the death ray."
Other guests have reported singed hair and plastic bags melting.
Gordon Absher, spokesman for the hotel's parent firm, MGM Mirage, said that this wasn't the first incident to have been reported: “Because of the curved, concave shape of that hotel, they sometimes get isolated pockets of high temperatures”.
When being designed, the architects had predicted this might occur so "hired a consultant who decided to place a thin film over the window which reduces the sun's effects by 70 per cent."
Despite this protective film coating the outside of the hotel, the 30% of the sun's rays that are still being reflected are being strongly magnified onto a 10 to 15 feet area of the pool, which moves around for 90 minutes due to Earth's rotation, in what they are now calling “Solar Convergence”.
The hotel are currently looking into ways to prevent this from happening in the future.