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Architecture and egos [Jan. 26th, 2004|04:31 pm]
Zoethe
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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.
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[User Picture]From: seattleforge
2004-01-26 09:41 pm (UTC)
That was an incredibly good post.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-27 01:37 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks!
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From: appleblossomtru
2004-01-26 11:17 pm (UTC)
That's one building downtown that I've never been in.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-27 02:43 am (UTC)
The atrium is really nice. You should drop by sometime - we could do lunch.
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From: appleblossomtru
2004-01-27 03:17 am (UTC)
Sounds like fun! Maybe one of those days I'll have off between this job and the next one...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-27 03:21 am (UTC)
And when the weather stops being a bitch!
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From: appleblossomtru
2004-01-27 03:23 am (UTC)
Today didn't seem to be as bad, except for the ice falling from the sky. Driving home was a little slippery.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-27 10:40 am (UTC)
I slipped on a sheet ice and went down to hands and knees - and had to crawl to the edge of it to get back up.

Not looking forward to the walk to the bus stop this morning....
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-01-27 10:39 am (UTC)
Email me if you ever get a chance.

zoethe@yahoo
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[User Picture]From: taisidhe
2004-07-18 09:50 am (UTC)

*PERK* BP building???

I covet a job there. My ex worked there when I met him in 94 and I have been all over that place... every single floor and all stairwells.

But, what I want most of all is to work there cos I simply LOVE the arboretum. Every time I wander through, I go straight for the floor to ceiling waterfall... and the energy there is amazing.

I always wonder if someone in the building *uses* it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-07-19 04:21 am (UTC)

Re: *PERK* BP building???

The arboretum is wonderful, particularly in the winter. The sound of water falling is so soothing.

It could be that someone does, there is a feeling of energy there. I have no evidence either way, though.
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