Thursday, October 27, 2011

New City Hall, Reflective

New City Hall, Reflective by Teckelcar
New City Hall, Reflective, a photo by Teckelcar on Flickr.
It is well known that I love Richmond's old city hall. The new one, however, is a different story.

It' was an ugly, modern structure that was plagued for years with a very serious design flaw. The decorative marble cladding on the outside had the disconcerting habit of dropping off the building. The solution for quite some time was to literally strap the panels in place.

So a big ugly building was made even more hideous with bright yellow straps.

Fortunately it was only temporary and the exterior got a major overhaul. All the marble panels were removed along with some non structural columns. Granite was used on the lower levels and aluminum on the rest.

The final result is actually quite striking and, dare I say, attractive.

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