Are You A Fan Of Leicester’s Brutalist Architecture? Here Are Five Examples To Help You Decide.

Stirling’s Engineering Building. The University of Leicester.

I personally love the look of this building. In its own right, it’s visually pleasing and as an engineering building, it is highly practicable.

The two large glass roofs that represent “rippling waves”, angled at 45 degrees North, are to allow more than enough natural illumination without direct sunlight, which could affect delicate instruments.

On top of the large tower is a water tank to provide hydraulic pressure.

The inside of the building is designed to represent the superstructure of an aircraft carrier. Whilst the concrete floor of the workshops can be moved for various machinery to be used and testing.

The complexity of its design makes the Engineering Building very difficult (and hence expensive) to keep in good repair, a situation exacerbated by the restrictions of its Grade II* listing.

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By Isaac Hartshorn

Isaac Hartshorn is fascinated by the city's long and varied history. He also hates to discuss himself in the third person but can be persuaded to do so from time to time.

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