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Sheffield University-Arts Tower

 

Read all about it in Wikipedia The second highest building in the city (until 2009 it was the highest) and the highest academic building in the country.  No one liked working in it, because the finish was not very good - window frames rattled, and let in drafts, and the building moved in gale force winds.  Those problems may have been cured by the refurbishment that took a couple of years, during which the building was empty.  I had a picture of it at the time. The design principles appear to copy those of the Seagram building in New York - but this was denied by the architects (well, they would, wouldn't they? :-)  But, the Seagram building was finished, I think, in 1958 and this was started in 1961 - bit of a coincidence.

Sheffield University-Arts Tower

 

Read all about it in Wikipedia The second highest building in the city (until 2009 it was the highest) and the highest academic building in the country.  No one liked working in it, because the finish was not very good - window frames rattled, and let in drafts, and the building moved in gale force winds.  Those problems may have been cured by the refurbishment that took a couple of years, during which the building was empty.  I had a picture of it at the time. The design principles appear to copy those of the Seagram building in New York - but this was denied by the architects (well, they would, wouldn't they? :-)  But, the Seagram building was finished, I think, in 1958 and this was started in 1961 - bit of a coincidence.

comments (10)

It is a bit of a coincidence...
Tom Wilson: It is rather smile
It doesn't exactly lift the spirits does it Tom...
Tom Wilson: Not really!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 Apr 2019, 06:49
I suppose this building represents the mind-set of the early 1960s.Trendy young architects had read about or seen the Seagram and wanted to replicate it as soon as possible. Nothing else mattered except that future knighthood!

Poor Sheffield..
Tom Wilson: Yes - and now Grade II listed as a fine example of the architecture of the era!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 5 Apr 2019, 08:18
I understand that high rise buildings do need to give a little in the wind, but not to the e tent that they alarm the occupants. I rather like the look of it.
Tom Wilson: It's probably my pic that improves things, Chad smile
I see from your previous post that it is a listed building. Clearly the listing was not because it listed in the wind.

I suppose we have to keep some buildings from the 60s if only as a terrible warning to future generations
Tom Wilson: Oh dear, oh dear - kindly leave the stage Mr. Phillips smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Apr 2019, 10:14
It is a fine photo of this very high building, but I would not like to work there. In my view it is a kind of hybris to build up such buildings.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Philine - I agree! Fortunately I never had to work in it.
Not the most attractive of buildngs is it, very 60's.
Tom Wilson: But Grade II listed!
I like the tree screen.
Tom Wilson: What Ray Storey refers to as the "twig filter" smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Apr 2019, 15:27
Tom Wilson: It is fairly unique as far as lifts are concerned: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/sheffield-arts-tower-paternoster-1.753518
When I worked on Tyneside for CA Parsons, they, too had Paternoster lifts - excellent for moving people around.
The local fell runners among the staff and student body used to run up and down the stairs!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 Apr 2019, 17:02
A building of its time.
Tom Wilson: Indeed it was.

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