One America Square

Just like in music, literature or visual arts as forms of human expression, there’s never a clear cut, a border dividing the styles, schools, philosophies or genres.

When approached from the street level on Crosswall Street, the building on One America Square gives almost an unmistakable impression of Art Deco building. All the recognizable detailing elements are there, zigzag patterns along the facade, curved, glazed building masses, accentuated corners and entrances and overall blocky geometric and monolithic, monumental appearance.

A classic sunburst pattern above the main entrance, stepped entrance side lights, the geometric ornament on the canopy and a triangular glass vertical prove the intention of the designer to create a truly Art Deco effect.

However, the treatment of materials, the rusticated granite of the ground floor facade, poly chromatic facade and the broadness of chrome decorations point to the different period. The pluralist use of geometric techniques and simplicity of detail implicate the postmodern thought.

The building is nevertheless well put together. It is impossible to perceive in its full stature from the narrow streets of central London, as its top floors hide behind the series of terraces. From the ground floor it shows much smaller and its mass doesn’t shroud the street, yet from afar it displays a substantial, solid figure that aids the gradation from the traditional three storey brick houses to the cluster of Downtown London glass skyscrapers.

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