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Markel Building

5310 Markel Rd, Richmond, VA 23230-3030
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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 27 February 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 28 June 2016
PAUL C
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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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27 Feb 2018
“Truly interesting aluminum clad building”
28 Jun 2016
“ICONIC COMMUNITY FACILITY”
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5310 Markel Rd, Richmond, VA 23230-3030
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Reviewed 27 February 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...More

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Reviewed 28 June 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.

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Reviewed 10 September 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...More

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Reviewed 6 July 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...More

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Reviewed 24 November 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,

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Reviewed 6 October 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...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2012

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

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Reviewed 21 May 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...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

This has got to be one of the coolest buildings I have had the pleasure of visiting. The inside of the building is as cool as the outside. It is a landmark that I will not soon forget. If you are in the area you...More

2  Thank Kcbankruptcy
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