Monday, 6 September 2010

Rusty building - one of the best in the world?

This Broadcasting place is the centre of much discussion around Leeds. Everyone has an interesting fact about it, a rumour they’ve heard or, in most cases, their own opinion about it. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) have suggested it to be one of the best structures ever created by man.

One deduction of the building, rife in symbolism, is that it represents the state of human life in the urbanised environment. Fragile and decaying but completing the process gracefully. If anything this building, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, is more popular with the public than the other handful of banal structures that appeared around the same time.

I prefer it to more ultra-modernised structures which tend to be garish and futuristic. The geometry, colour, and texture of this building suits the old-world style building around it much more than the sea of mediocrity surrounding Leeds city centre. It is a bold design decision but one which I think has worked very well.

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