(I have copied the original version of this post at the end of the thread so that the first set of comments will not be so mysterious - I think it's right to edit the first post).
Welcome to the London Joint City and Midland Bank, a grand building built in central London in the early 1920's. In building this entry, I wanted to see what variety of textures I could achieve using predominantly one colour.
The facade of the building is largely unchanged since its construction:
(Note a security guard from the Associated Deposit Union taking the cash away).
But the interior has been recently renovated in a very contemporary way, the only remaining period feature being the internal column on the ground floor, which is structural.
The ground floor houses the main walk-in areas of the bank, cashiers, ATMs, that most traditional of British things - a queue and in the recent renovation, low tables and trendy seating designed to keep clients calm. The man taking cash out of the ATM is actually a mini-fig version of me designed by my 5-year old. He puzzled for some time as to the right hairpiece to use, and was delighted when he realised that none was best.
You can see a businessman paying in some cash, the janitor from the Town Hall waiting to pay in his wages and a Mondrian painting in grand scale. You might think this is the bank flaunting its wealth, but you'd be wrong, this painting is an obvious fake...
... the original sits in the managers office on the first floor. You'll recognise the manager, no doubt, as he's also the Town Mayor. The power of his political office and wealth of the bank has somewhat gone to his head, as he sits in a throne-like chair, and, as well as the painting, has a valuable antique rug in his generously-sized office.
The rest of the first floor is taken up with meeting rooms, and a spectacular floral display.
The loft space is taken up with storage boxes, containing who-knows-what kind of wealth that the bank has accumlated over the years. Check out my flickr stream for photos of this area and some other views.
Thanks for taking a look, and thanks for the positive comments on my draft that encouraged me to continue.
Edited by Phred, 24 July 2012 - 06:56 PM.