The great Axis debate – Much ado about nothing?

As is tradition, the external completion of another major tall building in Manchester city centre has led to an eruption of debate and outrage on social media. In some ways it’s comforting that in times of such uncertainty you can rely on something I suppose. As sure as the seasons change and the Pope is Catholic, so the sight of another shadow on the skyline will inevitably go down with all the grace of an overloaded lead balloon. It’s impossible to deny though, that the backlash towards Property Alliance’s Axis Tower across the Twittersphere was uniquely vociferous. So much so…

Deansgate Square two towers in – a new Mancunian landmark?

Manchester’s architect in residence Ian Simpson has never been one to shy away from indulging in the extravagent. Across a diverse portfolio, Simpson and practice partner Rachel Haugh have brought the UK, and in particular Manchester, some of its more iconic buildings. In an era too often marred by conservatism in British regional architecture, Simpson Haugh have, at times, been a breath of fresh air with a progressive approach that toyed with some much-needed flair. Undeniably, the modern visitors’ perception of Manchester owes a lot to the studio. Between No 1 Deansgate’s homage to Rotterdam’s De Brug building, floating luxury…