despite being completed in 1958, more than a decade after the conclusion of the second world war, peter house is one of manchester’s earliest examples of postwar modernism. designed by architects ansell and bailey, it stands twelve storeys high just off st peter’s square and is a striking, almost dazzling presence - with almost 250 large windows occupying a vast facade that bends gently along the curve of oxford street.
at the same time, peter house’s design is sympathetic to its surroundings. the walls are clad in portland stone - a material not typical of modernism but chosen to match that found covering the exterior of the nearby central library. the symmetrical design, again not generally found in international style works, is thought to have been chosen for the same reason.
with its shape tracing the boundaries of the space it occupies, and its materials and structure subtly echoing the neighbouring architecture, the building is certainly one that seems aware of its environment. and it may well be that these characteristics have played a vital role in the longevity and success of peter house which, despite its historical significance as part of modernism’s arrival into manchester, has never been granted any level of listed status.
giclée print on hahnemühle photo rag bright white 310gsm paper.
available in a2 or a1, with each size limited to a run of fifty prints.
prices include uk delivery.
a2 / £120
a1 / £160
a2 / £190
a1 / £250
solid wood, matte black, 25mm frame
(as pictured above).