This building, perfectly round in shape - and nicknamed the beer can building by many locals, has always fascinated me and has been the subject of many photographs since it appeared in 1988 on the Hillsborough River at the intersection of Ashley Drive and the Kennedy Street Bridge. Known today as the Rivergate Tower, it is 454-ft (138m) tall and has 33 floors. Designer Harry Wolf based its measurements on the Fibonacci Code, the same numerical code referenced in Dan Brown's blockbuster bestseller book, The Da Vinci Code. Although you'll have to ask an architect or mathematician to explain it - and be prepared for a serious and reverential telling of its significance - at the start of the movie this code was left behind on the floor of the Louvre by the curator, Jacques Saunière, as he looses his life to the albino monk. In his last moments of life, he draws a circle and arranges himself like the figure in Leonardo’s most famous drawing, The Vitruvian Man. He then leaves behind an anagram and Fibonacci’s famous numerical series as clues. Apparently, to those in the mathematical know, the Fibonacci Code is very cool, as is Tampa's round office tower. I just really like it against our sky and as a unique and special part of our city's skyline.
Visit Skywatch Friday to see the beauty and wonders of the world's most magnificent skies. It's always an amazing show.