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British Architecture

by Fitzroy of London

The UK is full of old and new buildings that qualify among the world’s most impressive works of architecture.

Here are some of the best works of architecture in the UK:

Beetham Tower, Manchester

The sleek, 554ft Beetham Tower in Manchester was completed by SimpsonHaugh and partners in 2006. The skyscraper’s mismatched lines add a sense of movement.

Switch Building, London

The new Switch Building at London’s Tate Modern was designed in an eye-catching flame-like shape by Herzog and De Meuron.

Conwy Castle, Wales

The Conwy Castle on the north coast of Wales is a gorgeous medieval structure that dates by to the early 13th century.

London’s Barbican Centre

Designed by the British architects Chamberlain, Powell and Bon, London’s Barbican Centre is known for its symmetrical sharp and curved lines. The Brutalist style buildings compromise the largest performing arts centre in Europe, as well as housing.

King’s College Chapel, Cambridge

The stunning, gothic-style King’s College Chapel stands out amid any other university buildings.

Royal Liver Building, Liverpool

The Royal Liver Building in Liverpool dates back to 1850, though it was officially completed in 1911. The grand, grade I-listed building is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Convention Centre, Dublin

The Convention Centre in Dublin is unmissable. Designed by Irish architect Kevin Roche, the building has a unique shape, made up of a cube and giant tube structure tilted toward the river. By night, it looks spectacular next to Santiago Calatrava’s Samuel Beckett Bridge.

The Sage Centre, Gateshead

The Sage Centre cuts an unusual shape on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead. Designed by Forster and Partners, the glass and stainless-steel concert hall shimmers in the sunlight and is especially beautiful at sunset.

The Dunmore Pineapple Building, Scotland

The playful Dunmore Pineapple Building in Scotland has been entertaining visitors since its creation in 1761.

The M by Montcalm, London

The M by Montcalm building in east London provides an optical illusion that leaves passers-by dazzled.

The Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow

The Clyde Auditorium, or the “Armadillo” in Glasgow, Scotland, is the most stylish place to enjoy a concert north of the border.

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London

Among London’s most beautiful buildings, St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel and King’s Cross Clocktower stand out on Euston Road thanks to their striking gothic revival façade, designed by the architect George Gilbert Scott.

The Royal Pavillion, Brighton

The Royal Pavillion in Brighton ambitiously merges British and Indian cultures.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow

The 118-foot-tall zinc roof on the glass fronted Riverside Museum, which was designed by Zaha Hadid, makes a startling impression on the shore of the Clyde River in Glasgow.

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