The Architecture of Liverpool #1

Liverpool Architecture #4

Number 15, Mann Island, Liverpool…

This post is the first of  a continuing series of images and notes about the architecture of Liverpool. It is a rich and varied collection of structures from Regency to modern and post-modern. I enjoy wandering around the city finding new things to photograph whether it be a complete building or some detail that I’ve missed previously.

I mainly use one of my three Fujifilm X-series cameras to capture the images: X-Pro1 usually fitted with the Fujinon 18mm ƒ2 lens, X-20 and X10. Post production is primarily done in Lightroom v.5.5. I use DxO ViewPoint 2 to correct converging verticals and Niksoft’s excellent Silver Efex Pro2 for black & white conversions.

While some structures look great in colour I feel that modern and post-modern architecture suits black and white perfectly. I also like to use the square format for finished images; I find that the constraints of the square format make it easier to compose architectural images in post-processing.

Liverpool Architecture #6

Number 15 Mann Island, Liverpool…

Liverpool Architecture #5

Open Eye Gallery, Mann Island, Liverpool…

The waterfront in Liverpool is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains three buildings known as “The Three Graces”. These buildings are The Mersey Docks & Harbour Board (MDHB – (1903-1907)), The Royal Liver Building (1908-1911) and The Cunard Building (1914-1916).

A fourth “Grace” was proposed for the 21st Century and The Mann Island complex was proposed and work commenced in 2008 and completed in 2013. Mann Island consists of three buildings, No. 1, No. 11 and No. 15, designed by Broadway Malayan Architects. No. 15, also known as  The Latitude Building, is featured here (first image). It’s proximity to the MDHB building means that the older structure is perfectly reflected in the black glass, which is a prominent feature of all three of the Mann buildings (the middle image). The building also houses Liverpool’s premier photography gallery, the Open Eye Gallery featured in the third image.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s