Corners in architecture: Canted, chamfered, and rounded

HSBC Bank

I have this thing for corners that are rounded, canted, or chamfered, especially door and window entrances. I really learned to appreciate them through Preservation in Mississippi. Apparently, though, I have liked them for a long time, since I took these photographs in London in 2006 and I did not discover Preservation in Mississippi until 2010, a couple of years after I began blogging in 2008. I have always been a fan of windows and doors that seem unique, and given the hop on/hop off option of seeing as much of London as we could in one day, that entailed a lot of photographs of windows and doors and rooftops.

The HSBC Bank (Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) sits at an angled corner at the intersection of Queen Street and Queen Victoria Street. Today was the first time I had noticed a man standing in the window looking out as we passed, although I have never closely examined this photograph enlarged prior to today either. Finding this building to identify it was easy, as the street names are visible on each side of the corner. This modern architecture was designed by Peter Foggo and Associates. the chamfered bronze panels cladding the outside is reported to be the “largest verdigris patinated bronze facade in the UK” (dreamstime.com).

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd

Daiwa Capital Markets opened its first representative office in London in 1964, and established a UK registered company in 1981. In 1987 they moved into the current offices, this early 20th century building on King William Street. Yes, I just liked the rounded corner.

A bit further down on King William Street, the rounded corners of the multi-use building holding restaurants and offices caught my eye. The memorial further on is the Monument to the Great Fire of London.

former NatWest Bank, McDonald’s, and St. James Tavern

The great trifecta of 3 angled, rounded, corner entrances merged at Shaftesbury Avenue and Denman Street. An image capture on November 2020 shows the NatWest has been demolished. One of the interesting things about London was the mix of architecture from classic to modern. What will appear on the corner now?

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9 Responses to Corners in architecture: Canted, chamfered, and rounded

  1. Betty says:

    The man in the window almost looks to be a scene in an old movie. He is in a suit and looks like he could have a drink in his hand. Perhaps he is wearing a monocle. There is a woman in a fancy dress behind him, wearing pearls, saying, “But darling.” And he is telling her the way it is. She wants to see more buildings with rounded corners – and such, but he is telling her she must, must get on the hop on hop off bus when it comes along. And there’s to be no more discussion about it.

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  2. peggy says:

    Definitely love buildings with curves. There are several places in Arkansas where you find buildings like these. Saw your comment to Betty. Hope your second vaccine shot goes well. We got ours last week and all went well.

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    • Suzassippi says:

      I do have some great photographs of buildings in Arkansas. I love the square at DeWitt. We did fine, other than fatigue. I just took advantage to nap and drink a lot of water and orange juice to stay hydrated. I feel “normal” today–or my normal anyway! Thank you for your good wishes, and glad yours went well, too.

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  3. Beth says:

    Buildings with rounded corners and anything other than a square corner have always caught my eye; I never thought about it until now. Loved these, but have to wonder why the NatWest building was demolished. And, you’ve also reminded me of the joy of pulling up Miss Pres every morning for a read. Sigh.

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