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Rotherham, United Kingdom
February 23, 2013
From journal Northern Soul
CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
December 14, 2010
From journal A couple of days in Manchester
January 12, 2006
The Lowry is a fine example of Manchester’s urban regeneration, where one can see water, space, living accommodation, full shopping facilities, entertainment, and transport in a splendidly harmonious arrangement. The Lower is what the 21st-century cities could and should look like and is something Manchester’s planners should be proud of. The Lowry is an oasis for the consumer. You can start and finish your shopping in designer outlets with clothing, shoes, home shopping, jewellery, books, etc., and then complete your day out with a coffee in a continental-style cafeteria, or better still, in one of the restaurants, art galleries, or theatre.
It is definitely worth seeing some of the best loft, flat, and apartment accommodation next to the waterways of Manchester and agree that urban living can be pleasant. There are jogging corridors next to the Lowry, with Manchester Ship Canal on one side and some superb architecture on the other (see photo 1). The Lowry has an excellent transport link with the heart of Manchester with a Tram Metrolink. It takes only 15 minutes to go by tram from the Lowry to Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station, 12 to Central Manchester, and 7 to the GMEX Arena (the main exhibition Manchester Centre). Car times are similar and both the shopping and entertainment areas, as well as the residential areas, are well equipped with parking spaces.
From journal Two days in Manchester - what to see & where to go
Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
August 21, 2002
Actually I am not quite sure now whether the Lowry opened at the very end of the 20th century but it was certainly erected with the most modern ideas for the 21st century.
In addition to the spacious galleries which will exhibit both the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, there are two theatres, a restaurant, a snack bar and a drinks bar.
I have only experienced the galleries so far and it was a great experience. The exhibition, called 'A City's Pride', which is on now [21 August 2002 until 22 September 2002] is a spectacular collection of much of Lowry's work including many sketches which will not be on permanent display. Anyone who can get there before 22 September is strongly advised not to miss it but there can be little doubt that the permanent collection will be pretty impressive.
The centre itself is a striking edifice with an interior the size of five football pitches. It is a startling display of stainless steel and glass. However, although it may be ultracritical, I found two things about it disappointing. If there is any air conditioning it was not working very well on a very hot day and the atmosphere was pretty stifling. The other thing was the lack of any notices in languages other than English. The Miró Fondación in Barcelona is quite a bit older and not only is far more multilingual with its notices but it supplies headphones with a fair choice of languages which will plug it at various points so that the visitor can get an interesting commentary in her/his own language on what s/he is actually looking at. I had hoped that we were catching up a bit here!
In spite of these reservations I have to give it the highest recommendation. There is no charge for admission as such but they ask for donations of £3 per person or £5 for families when you get your free admission tickets.
From journal Roman times to 21st Century
Was Bracknell, now travelling, United Kingdom
December 11, 2000
The Lowry is a complex incorporating a theatre and an art gallery, including a large collection of work from L S Lowry! There are also some great photographic studies on display right now although exhibitions will be changing all the time.
The building itself is nothing if not modern, positively space age in fact. It looks a bit like something the Blue Peter team put together (Brits will know what I'm talking about) it looks as though its been covered in aluminum foil. The insides are something of a sensory experience, bright orange and purple walls and carpets and a strange obstacle course of stairs, sloped and curving walkways and escalators that give the visitor the impression of being a mouse in a maze.
Check it out online: http://www.thelowry.com
From journal Lowry's Manchester