Monday, 8 October 2012

Old Mutual Building exterior



So this is the exterior of the Old Mutual Building. Note some interesting details. There are animal heads on the corners of the building appearing as if carved in. Also something that probably wasn't meant to be is the steel handrails that have left their rust stain to the front of the building. Adding a touch that actually adds to the feel of the building making it seem old in a sort of phenomenological manner.
Here is the entrance with the sun gleaming of the Granite clad Entrance way.
There are various stories illustrated on this frieze that goes all along the building. It features colonizers and tribesmen alike.
Here are large warriors on the side facade. This adds to the Egyptian theme of the building. There are Art Deco influences in this building as seen on the previous post's entrance. The frieze , shiny stone clad facade, large statues, grandiose bulking and verticality and triangular windows speak to an Egyptian theme that features largely in the Art Deco era's architecture. The old appearance mentioned earlier inadvertently helps in this theme.
The proportion of the space between the buildings is very comfortable and I often find myself plotting my daily routes so as too pass through this space.
Top right is the Old Mutual Building.

And that is why I was so pleasantly surprised with the interior of the building- totally unexpected. 





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