Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Urban Landscape Salford Manchester

Here are a few personal images I managed to squeeze in whilst working on an architectural assignment in Salford, Manchester yesterday.

Imperial War Museum North

The first image shows the amazing architecture of the Imperial War Museum (North). This superb building was designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind and opened its doors to the public in July 2002. This image was captured with a long exposure using a Lee 10 Stop ND Filter.

The building was constructed on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford, an area which was heavily bombed during the second world war due to its importance in the construction of engines for the British heavy bombers and the Spitfire fighter aircraft.

Libeskind envisaged a 'constellation composed of three interlocking shards' with each shard being a remnant of an imagined globe shattered by conflict. These shards in turn represented air, earth and water, and each formed a functionally distinct part of the museum. The 55m high air shard, provides the museum's entranceway and a viewing balcony. The second image again shows the main Air Shard, which forms the entrance to the museum.

Imperial War Museum North

My other images show the scene at the new Media City which will become home to the BBC. The 200 acre site is being developed as a joint venture between The Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company, Peel Holdings and Salford City Council.

Media City Manchester Pano

Media City Manchester

Media City Salford Manchester

The area around Media City looks amazing at dusk as the evening light blends and balances with the artificial lights of the development. Hope you enjoy the images.


  1. "Please brighten up this waiting room," says my busy boss, one morning "Put some art on the wall." Admittedly, the room is on the drab side but as a car spare part supply office, I thought that not many of the clients coming through notice much of it.
    From, I ordered online canvas prints about car art, of course, like this one by Salvador Dali.