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Report - March 17: Manchester Toast Rack (MMU Hollings campus)

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Flossexplor-er, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:11 PM.

  1. Flossexplor-er

    Flossexplor-er 28DL Full Member
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    The Toast Rack, or formerly known as the 'Hollings Building', is a Modernist building in Manchester, England. The building was completed in 1960 as the Domestic Trades College, became part of Manchester Polytechnic then Manchester Metropolitan University until closure of the "Hollings Campus" in 2013. It was designed by the city architect, Leonard Cecil Howitt and is known as the Toast Rack due to its distinctive form (reflecting its use as a catering college).


    The pre-eminent architecture critic Nikolaus Pevsner described the building as "a perfect piece of pop architecture".It was Grade II listed in April 1998 by English Heritage who describe the structure as, "a distinctive and memorable building which demonstrates this architect's love of structural gymnastics in a dramatic way".To others the building symbolises the ideals of the Festival of Britain and architectural positivity following World War II.


    The building's structure consists of a concrete frame with a brick infill on the bottom half of each storey. The building is seven storeys high and its hyperbolic paraboloid frame continues on the exterior, hence the toast rack comparison. Although the building's unorthodox form is playful, its tapering shape also helps to divide space into varying sizes for larger and smaller classes. A semi-circular restaurant block is attached to the west and is informally known as the Fried Egg


    Manchester Metropolitan University left their Hollings Campus in 2013 as they consolidated their facilities towards the city centre. The Toast Rack is now up for sale and it is hoped it will be renovated. (wiki)


    Having lived next to this building last year, I had tried numerous times to get in. But, now going under (slow) construction, it is very easy access. I have now been 3 times, the last time running in to other explorers. It is absolutely filled with equipment still: science stuff, fashion stuff, cooking stuff....

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    This place is absolutely massive, with 3 main buildings and many, many rooms including lecture theatres, large hall spaces, office rooms, and much more. See more of my pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/152866900@N03/with/33327271592/


    Thanks for reading my first report! :)
     
    #1 Flossexplor-er, Mar 20, 2017 at 9:11 PM
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  2. Bolts

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    Your pictures aren't showing, still good to see something new out of Manchester!
     
  3. Flossexplor-er

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    yeh I know :( il try and fix it later. Can you see if you click on link?
     
  4. ZerO81

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    You have linked to the page that hosts the picture, rather than the actual JPEG image.

    Always click the preview button to make sure the report is working before you post it, then you can resolve these sorts of issues prior.
     
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