Leadenhall Court

There is something formal in how postmodern architecture emphasizes classical architecture through new, ostensibly freer, architectural language.

The Leadenhall Court building is one example. It’s a corner edifice, and one of structured hierarchy. The floors are divided in sets of two, with articulated divisions in between. Large arches build the first step of the Neo-Rustic palazzo style composition. The second set doesn’t have pediments. Instead it uses denser vertical divisions crowned with ball architectural pier caps. The last set carries the weight of the large overemphasized cornice.

Postmodern is often ridiculed, but it has an approach to the architectural interpretation not many other styles can afford. The attic railing is a crown of spikes and the corner features two obelisks at the top, turning the scene into an almost Empire-style revival. The white of the architectural elements shines compared to the dark of the windows and parapets, additionally emphasizing the meticulous orchestration of the facade.

 

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