266 Glossop Road – Project Orange
I really admire the work of Project Orange. Based in London, they’ve done a few fantastic buildings in Sheffield. It’s hard to choose my favourite but I think this one on West Street just takes the prize. I like its relative simplicity, the monolithic black brick and the beautiful curved corners. I think it’s a good illustration of how a few well thought out details and architectural moves can really lift what could have been a very generic mixed used development.
Cole Brothers / John Lewis
Main reason being that it’s fully tiled and I love a tiled building! And there is more than meets the eye. If you really look around it’s got lots of nice features and details. This building was endangered for the past couple of years and I’m so glad it’s going to be saved after all.
Western Bank Library
These photos from 1959 really capture its modernist spirit.
Fletchers Bakery building
This isn’t the best building in Sheffield, by a long shot, but it’s a good one. I cycle past it on my way home from work every day and it’s very pleasing. It’s the kind of building we’re not very precious about in Sheffield and too many good examples have been lost, so I think the remaining ones should be celebrated. It always smells lovely too!
Sheffield Botanical Gardens Pavilions
I’m very fond of the glasshouse Pavilions in the Botanical Gardens. One of the first buildings I visited when I moved to Sheffield, I love the repetition of glass, frames and columns, crowned with glass domes that seem to defy gravity. These pavilions boast a rich history, from being associated with the cultivation of the world’s most consumed banana by Joseph Paxton, the former Head Gardener at Chatsworth, to serving as a charming venue for events and weddings make this a delightful place to visit.
The Crucible Theatre
The Crucible has become somewhat iconic, thanks to the World Snooker Championships that are held there every year. It isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing building in Sheffield but I’ve got fond memories of watching the snooker there as a child with my Dad, despite getting kicked out one year for coughing too much.