08 April 2010


Watch and be amazed!

I just have to say that when the Tetris blocks fall on the Barclay-Vesey Building (originally the New York Telephone Building, now the Verizon Building) and the floors disappear when the Tetris pieces "complete" the row was so epic; I watched that part 5 more times.

Also, Stephan Kieran [who won the recent competition for the new US Embassy in London] is coming to lecture at UVA tomorrow.  If he doesn't address the project, you can bet that I will in a very pointed "why does your building look like a castle with a moat" question.

This is the design as selected by the competition committee.

My question is, what happens to the beautifully sculpted park when the state department puts up is obligatory "What if they bomb us?" fence and concrete barriers?  Also, will the moat be stocked with crocodiles to stave off possible terrorists?  In reality, will the building ever function like the "open box" it is meant to be?

The original press release about the project can be found HERE
A little more about the scope and intention of the project can be found HERE
The firm can be found online HERE

I have also selected a subject for my final paper in Wilson's 19th Century Lecture.  The 1845 Old Medical School Building, now known affectionately as the Egyptian Building in Richmond, Virginia.  The Egyptian Revival style of this structure is absolutely brilliant.  Amazingly, however, there are actually very few studies of Egyptian Revival architecture in the United States, and none specifically about this unique building.  A great opportunity for some fresh research and ideas.

Look at those cute little feet!  Some of these posts had 6 toes per foot, some five, some four.

And finally - as an April bonus:  

It is apperantly in Montreal, and actually unoccupied at the moment.  This building may be in danger, but the local community seems to be trying to figure out what to do with it.

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