Monday, September 15, 2014

5 major architectural design failures you do not want to make!

Playground at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park- Located in New York

The creators of this park made some big mishaps, they designed 3 of the structures out of steel. This made the playground equipment to hot to touch, and therefore could not be used! They were found to be at a whopping 127 degrees! The mistake was quickly remedied and replaced with new equipment. 

Vdara Hotel & Spa- Located in Las Vegas, Nevada

The designers of this hotel created a unique curved structure of the building that surrounded the pool area. However the unique curvature backfired, and ended up being extremely dangerous. It collected solar rays and beamed them onto the hotel guests that were trying to relax in the pool area. Many guests were singed, and one guest in particular said that it burnt his hair as well as a plastic bag he had with him!

Kemper Arena- Located in Kansa City, Missouri 
This bulding was created as an indoor stadium, and featured a roof the was hung on trusses. It was created in this manner to allow rainwater to slowly release and avoid flooding. Unfortunately though, this caused the rainwater that was collected to gather everywhere the roof sagged and added weight to those areas. The roof ended up collapsing entirely, but luckily there was no one in the bulding and no fatalities. 

CNA Center- Located in Chicago, Illinois

This bulding was created for the Graham, Anderson, Probst & White firm, and then painted bright red to stand out. Years later a window become loose due to thermal expansion and fell from the 29th floor to the ground, causing one fatality. The backlash was an 18 million dollar settlement, every window in the building was required to be replaced, and each window is still checked every month to this day. 

Tacoma Narrows Bridge- Located in Tacoma Washington

This bridge was designed to connect Tacoma to Kitsap Peninsula. The bridge ended up collapsing due to improper girders. These girders were chosen because it kept the cost of building the bridge low. They were not able to keep the bridge in place correctly, and it swayed even when there was a strong wind. Its collapsed during a 40 mph wind. 


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