Architecture is thunderstruck

Of course, the title of this post is wrong. Because buildings are not thunderstruck - they are struck by lightning. As were the Capital Towers in Stratford this weekend. Not once, but twice.

The BBC has some great footage (amateur of course) at the moment of the hits during this weekend's storms.

But in a way, this is a non-story, and all the better for it. Because there is a no follow up about damages, fires, deaths etc. Evidently the design team did their job properly in terms of lightning protection. And so they should, you may say.

But the number of embarrassing and potentially fatal oversights that can occur on buildings is terrifying. So, as London heads rapidly towards being a city of towers it is reassuring to think that this corner, at least, is not being cut. 

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