The old cliche "it looks like a spaceship landed" certainly fits with this interesting building. The Markel Building located in Richmond, VA was designed by Haig Jamochian in 1962. It has long pieces of aluminum clad wrapped around its exterior on three levels. The architect's inspiration came from a baked potato wrapped in foil. Ha! Architects- they are so clever. I actually found this unique structure on the way to a Starbucks while a storm was approaching and the sun broke through the clouds and hit the aluminum of the building which caught my eye. The bluish-grey clouds contrasted well against the clad and I love how the aluminum plays with light as it reflects and hides light. The building does not fit in context with its surrounds and thus I have to believe it was designed as a spectacle or maybe a vision that this design would mold nicely in a Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, or Kahn city.
I don't hate this building nor do I love it but I can appreciate it and I thought it needed to be seen and blogged about.