Sunday, 27 June 2010

Candle House

Prior to Saturday 26th of June 2010 I had only seen Candle House (the Granary Wharf Building) from the train as it left or entered Leeds railway station. However, after attending the Urban Stories event I was fortunate enough to be able to go inside and view Leeds at 360 degrees from its 21st floor.

Candle House is a solid-looking phallic-shaped set of apartments made from a warm-coloured brick. It has the appearance of being sculpted out of a solid cylinder, rather like those carved candles made from different coloured layers of wax. The staggered effect that appears every few floors gives the building a twisted appearance which adds both a feeling of movement but also prevents too much symmetry from making the building seem dull and lifeless.

Light Shines on Candle House

As well as the 21st floor of Candle House, Urban Stories takes you to the Dark Arches. Joseph Collins regaled us with stories of ancient Leeds clans with punk hairdos; protracted battles between local Victorian Industrialists; and mythological rat people lurking in the network of tunnels off Neville St. The event is a must for anyone interested in local history, the ever-changing Leeds landscape and just great storytelling. Urban Stories is the last Saturday of the month on the same day as the Pannier Market.

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Joseph Collins Pocket Universes

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