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?
Thanks for visiting!