Hello and welcome to Manchester. In this video I present my Top 50 best and worst buildings in Manchester and district.
We’ll start with the worst ones
Number 50. The Arndale Centre by Hugh Wilson and Lewis Womersley 1972-1979. – Ugly and far too big, but as a shopping centre, very successful.
Number 49. Library Walk Link Building SimpsonHaugh – 2015 – ruins the effect of the two heritage buildings and blocks the beautiful passageway between them.
Number 48. Piccadilly pavilion Tadao Ando – 2002
Simply ugly and reminded me immediately of the Berlin Wall.
In 47th place, Number One Piccadilly Gardens von Allies and Morrison – 2003 – It was built on a greenspace and blocks the view of the historic facades.
46. Northenden flats 2014
This apartment building appeared the suburb of Northenden. The design is not bad but here in a village its too big and dominating. The building is bigger than in the original plans.
and now on to the better ones
45. Piccadilly Plaza Covell Mathews and Partners – 1965
Many hate it but I find it exciting and futuristic.
44. Bernard House, Piccadilly Plaza 1965 a building with a very interesting roof. Sadly it was demolished in 2003.
43. The Beetham/Hilton Tower Ian Simpson – 2007
42. The Trafford Centre Chapman Taylor & Leach Rhodes Walker – 1998 Architects cricitise but millions of visitors seem to like it!
41. The Mathematics Tower Scherrer and Hicks 1968 A nice building but no longer compatible with a modern university and demolished 2005, and replaced by…
40. University Place John McAslan + Partners – 2008 – At the university they call it ‘the tin can’.
and now on to the good ones…
39. Wythenshawe Park Tennis & Bowls Pavilion by City Architect LC Howitt – 1960 – A tiny masterpiece of modern architecture.
38. No 1 Deansgate Ian Simpson – 2002
A nice place to live, but not so good if you value your privacy.
37. Furness House fmr Manchester Liners Leach, Rhodes and Walker – 1969
In the former Manchester docks, it reminds me of Liberty Hall in Dublin.
36. The 1962 terminal at Manchester Airport by LC Howitt and Besant Roberts As a child I found it exciting and futuristic. Here’s a photo of mine from 1973.
35. Manchester Airport ATC Tower by CPM Architects 2013
Impressive and similar to other towers all over the world.
34. Pall Mall Court Brett & Pollen -1969
A nice sixties building.
33. – 55 King Street Casson, Conder & Partners 1966, 1969
Was a bank, now it’s a boutique.
32. City of Manchester Stadium Arup – 2002
31. Owens Park Tower Building Design Partnership – 1968
A student hall of residence with fantastic views.
30. Peter House Ansell and Bailey – 1958
Its facade curves outwards and opposite…
29. No1 St Peters Square Glenn Howells Architects – 2015
An elegant modern building its facade curves inwards.
28. Granada TV building Ralph Tubbs – 1956
A monument to the golden era of British TV.
27. The Lowry Hotel Consarc Design Architects – 2001
26. Contact Theatre Alan Short and Associates – 1999
A beautiful, interesting and rather crazy building.
25. Islington Wharf Broadway Malyan – 2000
Futuristic with great views
24. Oxford Rd Station William Robert Headley and Max Clendinning – 1960
It’s made out of wood and reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House
23. The Royal Exchange Theatre Levitt Bernstein – 1976
A building within a building. It looks like a lunar module.
22. The Bridgewater Hall Renton Howard Wood Levin – 1996
The new home of the Halle Orchestra founded in 1854 by the German-British musician Sir Charles Hallé.
21. Toast Rack Hollings Campus Leonard Cecil Howitt – 1960
Was a college for catering and so form represents function.
20. Manchester Cancer Research Centre Capita Symonds – 2015
19. National Graphene Institute Jestico + Whiles 2015
It has facets, like a jewel.
18. The Quay Bar Stephenson Bell- 1998 It won prizes but as a bar it wasn’t successful and it was demolished in 2007
17. MMU Business School and Student Hub FCB Studios – 2012
A very impressive building made out of glass.
16. Stockport Pyramid 1992
Now an icon of Stockport.
15. Manchester International Office Centre former Renold Chain – Cruikshank & Seward – 1955
Near the airport, a very early example of modern office architecture.
14. New Piccadilly Station BDP – 2002
in my opinion the best modern station building in the UK. I use it every day.
13. Gateway House Richard Seifert & Partners – 1969
Here in 1998 recently renovated, and today it looks great.
12. The Lowry Michael Wilford – 2000
With its metal façade and crazy shapes and colours, it’s unmistakable.
11. Maths and Social Sciences Building Cruikshank and Seward – 1968
For me as a child, this was a symbol of modernity.
10. Renold Building W.A.Gibbon of Cruikshank and Seward – 1962
A masterpiece of modern architecture.
09. Hexagon Tower Blackley Richard Seifert – 1973
This futuristic building looks astonishingly like the modern PC Tower.
08. Daily Express Building Sir Owen Williams – 1939
Visionary and progressive, unlike the paper which moved out years ago.
07 HOME by Mecanoo – 2015 a home for cinema, theatre and art. It looks great by day and by night.
06. Siemens Building Buttress Architects – 1989p
In south Manchester, influenced by the Bauhaus.
05. Imperial War Museum Daniel Libeskind – 2002
Represents a world shattered by war.
04. Civil Justice Centre by Denton Corker Marshall – 2008
Very big, very expensive but in my opinion a modern masterpiece.
03. Urbis Ian Simpson – 2001
A great building – exciting. My Manchester Megaphoto was displayed here. Since 2012 the National Football Museum.
02. One Angel Square by 3DReid – 2013
For many Manchester’s best modern building but my number one is…
01. The CIS Tower by Gordon Tait – 1962
Outside and inside superb, influenced by the Inland Steel Building, Chicago, by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. 1956. Since 2004, a huge solar project. I’ve taught in the CIS Tower.
So what’s your favourite building (in Manchester?) Please write it in the comments below.
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Many thanks for watching and see you again in Manchester.
This video was showcased on the I Love Manchester website – many thanks to them for featuring my work.