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“My home town” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Markel Building

Markel Building
5310 Markel Road, Richmond, VA
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Ranked #66 of 83 Attractions in Richmond
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“My home town”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I barely remember this building, but I should.
One of the things that people notice about this office is not how much it resembles the Guggenheim Museum but the materials covering it.
But for me, that's no surprise. My father worked for years making aluminum foil for Reynolds Metals. Their headquarters was further down Broad street. Another piece of local architecture you may also want to check out. It's a wonder there wasn't more structures made this way.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Richmond, Virginia
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“foil wrapped?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Interesting office building ,very unusual ,looks as if it's wrapped in aluminum foil. The story of it's constrution is depicted in photos in the lobby.It is nice to have some office buildings that are different from the typical styles,

Visited November 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Yep, on the "10 most ugly buildings list" and I loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This building is so unique. A native of Richmond, architect Haigh Jamgochian, was commissioned to design the building in 1962. Get this, the design was inspired by a baked potatoe he had while attending an American Institute of Architect's dinner. Each floor consists of a 555 foot sheet of aluminum sledge hammered into its current form. And yes, it was the headquarters of Reynolds Metals (Reynolds Wrap). It's just a drive by and I highly recommend it.

Visited October 2012
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Richmond
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“Space ship architecture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

Designed at the height of the modern architecture movement, it is now a classic. It shines in the sun too.

Visited August 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
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“An Architectural Masterpiece”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

This building is a rare built work by a highly experimental and intellectually gifted architect, Haig Jamgochian. While its surroundings are underwhelming, the structure itself is inventive, interesting, and beautiful. the distinct materiality, massing, light play on the facade is wondrous. The facade texture was created by sledge hammering the world's longest strips of aluminium siding by hand. The top floor of the building was moulded into its sculptural form by the architect himself. A piece of genius from a misunderstood artist of his time.

Visited May 2012
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