When I look up, part 2



Last week I posted a photo of a majestic old brick building, the Seattle Tower. This week I was downtown on a different street when I saw a sleek modern building, which instantly made me think of the contrast between the two buildings. What was the designer of this modern building thinking?  It is decades younger than the Seattle Tower in the next block.  It is smooth and flat and it almost slinks by you as it stands by the sidewalk, keeping a silent watch over cars and traffic and pedestrians. It almost eludes notice. Perhaps that is its beauty, that the eye slides over it without pausing.  It’s not a building that stops the gaze, the pebbly-rough deep-of-the-earth, carved out of clay and stone Seattle Tower in the next block.

I confess, I don’t know the name of this building.  I like the aqua outline of the street-level windows and that interesting metal-like artistic frieze at the top of those windows. Let’s look at these two buildings side by side, the new building on the left, the old building on the right:


Hmmm, they look somewhat alike, don’t they?  It’s the periodicity of the windows, I think.  Up close they are very different, but from a distance, the row-and-column grid of the windows on the front of each building give them a certain similarity.  Like siblings!

Still, the older brick building has a certain mystery to it, a building that looks like it holds secrets and keeps secrets, like it might have hidden passageways and secret chambers and little built-in bookshelves and coat closets and secretary desks and mailslots.  The romantic in me would love to work – or live? – in a building with all those hidden and secret aspects to it.  Would you?

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12 thoughts on “When I look up, part 2

  1. Theresa I agree. The older building holds more secrets and character as well. The newer buildings seem sterile. Maybe that is because those building older buildings seemed to have more pride in their work. Now it seems buildings are just slapped together with no intention of having them last more than a couple of decades. It may not be the case just appears that way.

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    1. Well-said! Fashion – what goes in and out of fashion applied to construction design, too, huh? In our neighborhood of ’30s Tudors and Craftsman bungalows they are popping up those flat-roofed 2000s-style houses after a tear-down. Boo hoo. 😦

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      1. I live in a Sear’s Craftsman home built in the 30s I believe. Love these homes. They are treasures with lovely hardwood floors and beautiful woodwork, arches between living areas, and this one has a full basement and attic. Love the enclosed front porch too. Many were taken down around here too and those flat roof, boxed homes all look just alike. When you go to visit someone it is difficult to find them. Generally they are given two or three homes to chose from and the same number of color choices. In some areas even the color is the same. Some love it that way. Thankfully, I’m not one of them:)


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