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On Borrowed Time 2 by Zelandeth On Borrowed Time 2 by Zelandeth
Here we are, now settling into the second decade of the 21st century, and there's a change happening in most of our cityscapes. Many of you may not even have noticed it...but it's there. Something is disappearing, slipping away into the history books, albeit very little noted save for caught in the edges of a few peoples photographs of other things in many cases. The humble, functional sky scraper, the architectural workhorse of the 1960s and 70s is slowly fading into the history books.

Here's another one which is soon to be nought but a memory. St. Nicholas House, the HQ of Aberdeen City Council, completed in 1968. Currently they're in the process of moving into their new headquarters, the recently renovated Marischal College.

While Marischal is a nice building, make no mistake. I can't help but feel a bit sorry for St. Nicholas House (Or St. Nix as it's generally referred to by those who work there). Yes, it's fallen into a bit of a "tatty" state over the last few years, but I can't help but feel that properly renovated it could have been made into a feature rather than a blemish. They've managed it in other cities...why not here. I still reckon that the frame properly cleaned up and repaired, fitted out with mirror glass, especially with the north/south orientation could look really stunning reflecting the Aberdeen skyline on a bright sunny day. It does a pretty impressive job sometimes at sunrise and sunset even as it is!

Still, the decision has been made, so no point in dwelling on what may have been. I admit to having a bit of a soft spot for buildings like this, inside and out, so will be grabbing a few more photos before the end of the road for St. Nix, and will share the more interesting ones here.

Just a bit awkward to get a good sunrise or sunset given the times they're at in the summer in Aberdeen!
randomlurker Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice variation in contrast across all the various windows. Another great perspective shot!
Zelandeth Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Thanks. Have got another couple of snaps I've taken over the last week or so. Really need to grab them off the camera and see how they've come out. Big buildings like this are just an invitation to have fun playing with perspective really aren't they?
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June 29, 2011
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