|Type Office, Retail|
Landlord Allied London
Floor area 5,100 m²
Construction started 2007
|Architectural style Post modern|
Country United Kingdom
Owner Allied London
Architecture firm Sheppard Robson
|Former names 2 Spinningfields Square|
Similar Estate Exchange, Store Street Aqueduct, Church of St Wilfrid - Northenden, Smithfield Market Hall, Odeon Cinema - Manchester
Defiant architecture 1 the avenue spinningfields manchester december 2012 that s not possible
1 The Avenue is a building in Spinningfields, Manchester. It is situated on Deansgate adjacent to the grade-I listed John Rylands Library.
- Defiant architecture 1 the avenue spinningfields manchester december 2012 that s not possible
- Map of 1 The Avenue Manchester UK
Map of 1 The Avenue, Manchester, UK
The building consists of two mirror-image parallelograms, stacked one on top of the other, resulting in a three-storey 23 m (75 ft) cantilever on the east end of the building. The cantilever is supported by an inclined steel ‘diagrid’ structure.
A diagrid is similar in shape to a triangle and other building have used a diagrid structure, such as 30 St Mary Axe in London.
Reaction to the glass clad building has been mixed due its proximity to the Grade I listed Rylands Library which, along with the Town Hall is considered the finest piece of architecture in Manchester and one of the finest interpretations of Gothic revival in the world.