DESCRIPTION – Manchester: Contrasts in the City Center
In almost every corner of Manchester you can observe the contrast between red Victorian bricks and new glass, or even more sophisticated materials. On this tour through the city center guided by our architect we can see this mix and how the urban structure has filled in throughout the centuries.
We’ll begin the visit in the visitor’s center with a quick introduction. A few meters away, in the Picadilly Gardens, we’ll be able to see the impressive “City Tower,” one of the tallest buildings in Manchester. It was designed by Covell Matthews & Partners in the 1970s as a tribute to the United Nations building by Le Corbusier. On foot, we will visit Faulkner Street (Bank Chambers) Princess Street (Athenaeum), Oxford Street, and Memorial Hall in Albert Plaza. Next on the itinerary is the church in St. Ann Plaza, arriving at Deansgate.
On the tour we will see examples of baroque, Italian 15th century, and 19th century architecture. On Mount Street we will see the Friends Meeting House building with its classic Greek façade, although it was built in 1820. We will also visit the Urbis Museum by Ian Simpson, which has become a building of reference. Our tour guide will point out other examples of contemporary art, such as the Beetham Hilton Tower, also by Ian Simpson, the most prolific office of local architects.
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