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 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.
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?