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Gateway House, Manchester Piccadilly

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 20 March 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This is another photo taken in the Piccadilly area of Manchester. I've often admired the elegant curves of this 1960s office building which is next to Piccadilly railway station.

Many poorly designed buildings were erected in the UK in 1960s but I think that this one, designed by Richard Seifert & Partners, has a grandeur and beauty that is timeless.

Thousands of commuters walk past this building every day....I wonder how many of them take a second to look up.


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Marie LC from Voiron, France

Parfait ce cadrage en contre-plongée offrant une diagonale en méandres. Beau nb aussi.

20 Mar 2009 6:57am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Patrick from Louveciennes, France

Belle composition. Tonalité bien adaptée. Beau cadrage. Bravo

20 Mar 2009 6:57am

@Patrick: Thanks Patrick!

IanSmith from London, United Kingdom

Nice vantage point and toning. Like it.

20 Mar 2009 8:53am

@IanSmith: Thanks Ian!

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Such a fine appreciation. Thanks for sharing.

20 Mar 2009 10:14am

@GJC: Thanks GJC!

Paolo from Udine, Italy

you surely know how to let other appreciate an architect's work, well done (both the building and your photo)

20 Mar 2009 12:23pm

john4jack from Corvallis, United States

Superb composition!

20 Mar 2009 1:52pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Une pure merveille cette composition

20 Mar 2009 2:32pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Vintage...a classic, love that curve

20 Mar 2009 2:44pm

lusyamcoga from France

superbe cliché ! ce batiment est étonnant !

20 Mar 2009 2:55pm

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Beautiful curve. Very unusual perspective!

20 Mar 2009 4:40pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Perfect point of view. Won't be long before you are into tilt-shift lenses and LF digital backs. best...jerry

20 Mar 2009 5:04pm

Cheryl from Texas, United States

I agree with you regarding the elegant curves! you've captured them well with a super composition and light!

20 Mar 2009 5:55pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

This is stunning!!! What a wonderful interplay of forms and tonality!

20 Mar 2009 5:56pm

Claus Petersen from herfølge, Denmark

The way you have used the wavey structure to create depth in this image is just perfect!

20 Mar 2009 6:57pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

nice angle of view ! great framing and BW !

20 Mar 2009 7:51pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

I love the graceful lines of this building. You did a good job with this composition.

20 Mar 2009 7:53pm

Polydactyle from Montreal, Canada

Perfect frame angle, light and compo. This is a great architecture shot!!

20 Mar 2009 9:47pm

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Exquisite composition.

20 Mar 2009 10:34pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Really enjoying the architects tour of Manc...please sir, can I have more?

21 Mar 2009 11:21am

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Excellent! An absolutly top work.

21 Mar 2009 7:51pm from Wemmel, Belgium

utterly stunning composition. Excellent work!

21 Mar 2009 8:12pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

cool composition! nicely balanced frame and lovely wavy lines to follow!

22 Mar 2009 12:03am

John Leech from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

I've been looking at this one for days and can't make my mind up on it. Something isn't working for me, though I do like the drama and initial impact. I can only think it is the other building to the bottom corner - and I do like Torsten's suggestion for an ND.

22 Mar 2009 8:00am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Sensational image.

22 Mar 2009 10:40am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

I love these sweeping lines!

23 Mar 2009 12:44pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

I just love your vantage point in this shot. The curve of the architecture and the way the light follows along is beautiful.

26 Mar 2009 5:00am

Sue Love from United Kingdom

It's a very flattering photo though - I used to work in this building and I'm afraid it does not live up to expectations on the other side of the glass! Nevermind.

8 Mar 2010 3:14pm

@Sue Love: Thanks.....yes, I agree that it's showing it's age on the inside but it scrubs up well in the areas that have had a refurbishment. I'm an architect by profession and recently we refurbished part of the interior for one of the tenants and it looked and worked a lot better afterwards.

Stu from Durham, United Kingdom

spectacular angle

1 May 2010 11:03am

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