Leeds Architecture Shortlist
Listed below are just a few of the most interesting historic, contemporary and innovative buildings in Leeds. You may have seen some of them.
- Which ones do you like the best and why?
- Which other buildings would you nominate to go on our shortlist? Why?
Tower Works, Holbeck
The original factory buildings on this site were designed by William Bakewell in 1899. They include three towers, which were inspired by Italian architecture. The modern extensions at Tower Works were designed by architect Irena Bauman in 2008.
Leeds Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility
Designed by internationally renowned architect, Jean-Robert Mazaud of S’pace Architects in 2013. On one side of the building there is a green 'living' wall, which aims 'to enhance the visual impact and provide biodiversity'.
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Town Hall, Corn Exchange and Mechanics Institute (now the City Museum)
Designed by Cuthbert Brodrick.
He designed Leeds Town Hall in 1858, the Corn Exchange in 1863 and Mechanic’s Institute (which is now Leeds City Museum) in 1865.
Leeds Civic Hall
Designed by Vincent Harris in 1933.
Harris also designed Manchester Central Library, Sheffield City Hall, Kensington Central Library, Glamorgan County Hall and Atkinsons Building on Old Bond Street in London.
Designed by Joseph and John Leeming
The Blockshops inside Kirkgate Market were built in 1875. They were originally open to the air, until the aisles were roofed. The iconic market hall building that we see today designed by architects Joseph and John Leeming and, constructed in 1904.
The fish market stood where the current National Express bus station is, at one end of the market.
Leeds General Infirmary
Designed by George Gilbert Scott
The older and ornate Victorian LGI buildings are quite rare buildings. They were designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in1863. He also designed St Pancras Station in London.
Designed by Alex Whitbread and built in 2008
Alex works for Feilden Clegg Bradley architects who also designed buildings at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield.
Leeds Grand Theatre, Leeds Central Library and Art Gallery, Roundhay Park and Lawnswood Cemetery
All designed by George Corson
George Corson was a Scottish architect who influenced much of Victorian Leeds buildings and landscapes. He designed Leeds Grand Theatre in 1877 and the central library and art gallery in 1878. He is buried in Lawnswood cemetery.
Designed by Michael Gardner and built in 2007.
This building has 32 floors and is nicknamed The Dalek! It is Leeds’ tallest building standing at 476 feet above ground level.
Roger Stevens Building, University of Leeds
Designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon architects in 1970. It has 25 lecture theatres inside!
Designed by Simon Clarke in 2009
Candle House has 160 exclusive flats, all of which have access an amazing rooftop garden!
Hotel Metropole, Leeds
Designed by local architects Chorley and Connon in 1898
Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Chapeltown
Designed by Palestinian architect J Stanley Wright in 1929.
The building was originally a Jewish Synagogue.
Parkinson Building, University of Leeds
Designed by architect Thomas Lodge. Building started in 1938 but wasn’t finished until 1951 because of World War II.
Salem Chapel, Leeds
Built in 1791 by the Rev Edward Parsons
This building is the oldest chapel in Leeds city centre.
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Designed by Populous architects in 2011
The honeycomb structure is based on a mathematical diagram and has glazed panels fitted with coloured, kaleidoscopic lights.
Rose Bowl, Leeds
Designed by Sheppard Robson architects in 2009
Victoria Gate, Leeds
Designed by ACME architects in 2016
This building was created using cutting-edge technology to carefully place the 360,000 different bricks and 228 twisted metal panels covering it.
The Atlas Statue was designed and produced by Thewlis & Co in the 19th century. The statue is of the Greek god Atlas, struggling to carry the sky on his shoulders.