First rendering of the 59-story Citicorp Center with its 45° angled roof. The angle of the roof was originally intended for solar panels. The stilt base was designed to allow the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church who currently occupied the site to have a new, disconnected structure. The columns are connected to the center of each side of the base opposed to the corner to give the church more room on the corner of the block. The building also features double-deck elevators which never gained popularity in the states but have become popular in Asia.
Upon completion and banded in aluminum and reflective glass, the Citicorp Center became the seventh-tallest building in the world at a cost of $128 million. Making a powerful aesthetic statement, it also acted as a critique of the many large, yet anonymous, “slab” buildings popular at that time.
In 1978, only a year after the building was completed, researchers discovered that the bolted joints of the building were potentially too weak to withstand heavy winds. For three months, a construction group worked to strengthen the building, though the maintenance was kept largely under wraps until twenty years later. The repairs were successful and today the Citicorp Center stands as one of the early symbols of modern architecture.
My parents have been staying with me for the last week and one of the things they wanted to do was go to the top of The Shard in the city of London. It is currently London’s tallest building and is open to the elements on the top level.
I rarely do tourist type things in my own city so I was game, despite the extortionate ticket price (!), and as it was a beautiful day we got some great views.
Plus I was fascinated by the architecture as I always am :-)
A/N’s: OK SO – this is
set before Suicide Squad and
before Rick/June. The reason Rick is in Gotham is kinda like what happened in
Arkham Knight, but it’s not in the same thing. Enjoy! (P.S: I know this wasn’t on the list, I completely forgot to add it.)
Rick sees a
morbid beauty in Gotham City; he can never describe why. The buildings are a
clash of modern skyscrapers and gothic high-rises, the sky always a blanket of
grey clouds. It rains, constantly. It smells of garbage and urine, but there’s nothing quite like walking down an empty Gotham street.
It’s probably the adrenaline you can be mugged or murdered at any minute.
Hell, it definitely isn’t the
prettiest place he’s been posted, but he likes it. Gotham isn’t as
unpredictable as people think – it’s violent and always chaotic. He can count
on that. Rick uses it to his advantage often.
Was that a mail box that went over head? Turning his attention towards the source of the hurl, the Frenchman couldn’t help but stare. That man wasn’t an angel - surely he wasn’t human though. Perhaps he was looking at the wrong person…? “Pardon me, but did you throw that?” He had to be looking at the wrong person, right?