|Architecture and egos
||[Jan. 26th, 2004|04:31 pm]
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Cleveland is a city with a number of distinctive skyscrapers, and I work on the 35th floor of the third-tallest of these buildings. The BP Tower is touted as being "art deco" in style. But its most attractive feature is not one immediately noticed.
The most prized piece of intra-office real estate is the Corner Office. Windows on two walls are considered the pinnacle of senior partner success. Most offices, even when they have the entire floor of a building, can offer a mere four such offices.
The brilliance of the BP building is its stair-step design on the two narrower sides. This means that every single floor of this office tower has 16 corners, rather than the usual four. Two of ours are taken up with a conference room and the waiting area, but that still leaves 14 corners, 14 egos assuaged.
And yet, legend has it there was still much jockeying over who got the lake view and who the city view....
Me, I have no window whatsoever, except the quilted one of a Hawaiian sunset I brought with me. Considering the weather outside, though, I can console myself with the fact that right now it's the best view in the office.