Commissioned to design a headquarters location for The Markel Corporation in 1962, Jamgochian’s vision was a round, shiny, mammoth of a building. A potato may have been the original spark of inspiration for the design, but in the 60s, futuristic space aesthetic was a common trend in architecture as well as just about everything else. Calling it “The Potato Building” is snarky fun, but probably not completely warranted.
In 2009, Digital Journal declared the Markel Building to be one of “The World’s 10 Ugliest Buildings.”
Location: 5310 Markel Rd, Richmond, VA 23230