word of the week: PIER
2010 July 18
PIER: a vertical support which gives a building stability and strength. Piers are easy to spot. One way to find them is to look for the vertical elements framing entrances or windows that extend to a building’s base.
Compare the unusual parabolic piers on the Chase Tower with the much more typical perpendicular piers on the Three First National Plaza building right across the street.
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