I love eclectic visuals. Although I admire the smooth unadorned sweep of an alabaster bowl or an elegant crisp edge of a beveled glass object, I am exhilarated when my eye stops at odd angles, curlicues, textures, light playing on surfaces et al. The thing about a multifaceted architectural work as opposed to a steel box is the ability for the viewer to wonder. Wonder at why the architect used wood or marble. Why the building is frosted with plaster rosettes. Why the windows are stained glass or mullioned panes. I especially love statuary on a facade. Who were these spirits, people, animals!
The surrounding area of a building also intrigues me. Cobble stone courtyards, slate paved streets, trees or grass. The exterior may tell the story of the interior. In the case of this building, the interior was equally as grand as the marvelously embellished facade. The textures, materials, seemingly modern glass top/skylight work together as a visual feast. Rarely are such traditional building techniques complemented with a contemporary alteration. The design of the structure allows wonderful lights and darks to play over the surfaces creating an even more elaborate, yet perfectly in sync composition.
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