The Bank #6 . First Floor Boardroom. Another timber veneered door opens to reveal the boardroom’s own safe. More polished timber and a logo of the manufacturer. I decide it is too beautiful to crack. Preserving design history is more valuable than money.
The Bank #5 . The first Floor Boardroom. Fully lined with highly polished Queensland maple veneers. Double doors to one side open into a discreetly concealed drinks cabinet and refrigerator for refreshments.
Speculation of a variant context referencing a recent image from National Geographic, considering the capacities of a cantinery structure and membrane typology to engage natural systems in order to access atmospheric qualities of space. “a rainforest in Borneo at dawn - a confirmation of its importance for global life cycles. Its forests exhale the oxygen and water that we depend on every day.”
One of the more bizarre buildings to be found in Queens, and that’s saying something. The best explanation for many of these is that they’re working class neighborhoods. In this case, the owner or someone they know is a mason who could get the bricks at cost by taking the leftovers in three different colors. Then, instead of making an ornamental pattern, they alternated the three colors across the whole brick laying. This took controlled effort, since all three colors of brick had to be hoisted up onto the scaffolding at once, but kept in separate piles. The three neoclassical brackets at the top were probably leftovers from another job. Never mind that they’re not holding up anything. Back in the day, a lot of homeowners would make minor improvements with store-bought cast iron railings. Check out those doilies of it at the roofline. The new trend for a while now is this atrocious polished chrome hardware of the awning. You can find buildings in Queens so laced with it they look like they’re trying to keep out rhinoceroses. #architecture#nonarchitecture#architecturewithoutarchitects#masonry#fremason#brick#brickwork#facade#ornament#architecturaldetail#queensarchitecture#queens#queensny#bluecollarnyc