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Truly interesting aluminum clad building

Supposedly inspired by a baked potato wrapped n tin foil, this is a very unusual building. It is... read more

Reviewed February 27, 2018
Chinapjs
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
ICONIC COMMUNITY FACILITY

Great place to have an office and icon in the community and with convenient parking and nearby... read more

Reviewed June 28, 2016
PAUL C
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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Reviewed February 27, 2018

Supposedly inspired by a baked potato wrapped n tin foil, this is a very unusual building. It is three stories and each ne is clad in a single sheet of aluminum. Each sheet is 555 feet long. Especially interesting in bright sunlight. Some people think it looks like a giant flying saucer.

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed June 28, 2016

Great place to have an office and icon in the community and with convenient parking and nearby financial and dining establishments you can't go wrong.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed September 10, 2014

i remember the guy (haigh jamgosian) swinging the sledge hammer. strange and imaginative fella. it was like seeing an alien back then when the building was completed. right next to it was the "paper clip" building.
when the markels originally built this, it was exotic and unique. being "in the round" with parking underneath, it was an interesting place to visit and do business. markel was in the risk business and the building exemplified that attitude. on the other hand , it was also named one of the ugliest buildings in the world. i never thought so. it was the "reynolds wrap building".
today, it's just as unique as ever. the inside is quite dated though, the elevator crawls, parking underneath is tight. i still like the building.

Date of experience: October 2013
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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.

Date of experience: August 2013
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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,

Date of experience: November 2012
Thank Vavavic
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