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Mann Island

Mann Island
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Copyright: Nigel Smith (Nigel_Smith) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 99 W: 36 N: 193] (805)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-23
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Olympus E510
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-25 5:38
Viewed: 1680
Points: 10
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Mann Island, Liverpool, in the Easter Sunday sunshine

To make a fascinating comparison showing how time changes the landscape, you may like to refer back to my earlier photographs taken in 2007 from a similar viewpoint"Blue Sky Thinking” and “Port of Liverpool”.

In 2007, the view across Canning Dock to the Pier Head was almost uninterrupted, as the old Voss Motors building had been demolished leaving a clear line of sight.

The area known as Mann Island is part of the manmade structures that surrounded the docks in the 19th century and once sat between Canning dock and Georges Dock. Georges dock was infilled in 1900 and provides the area of “land” on which the Royal Liver, Cunard and Port of Liverpool buildings now stand.

Mann Island is now dominated by this extraordinary structure (I think extraordinary is probably the best word...) which is a mixed use development housing close to 400 apartments combined with retail and leisure. It is hard to get anyone to own up, but it seems that Matt Brook of architects Broadway Malyan designed this “striking development” (to use BM’s description) for Neptune Developments.
Apartments in the building (available now) are now probably the best place to live on the waterfront, as the only place without a view of the exterior will be from the inside!

Unlike the new Museum of Liverpool, which sits rather more quietly alongside the heritage waterfront, this cluster of three buildings is, shall we say, rather more uncompromising.

Actually, to be fair to the architect, (on re-reading my note) I should add that I actually quite like the building itself but think it would have been more appropriate on a site that didn't encroach so much on the heritage buildings.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-04-25 6:08]


merveilleus eiamge et compo superbe quel bâtiment et architecturre moderne, splendide, quelle vue et image, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-04-25 6:44]

Hi Nigel,
A splendid cityscape shot with such a mix-up of architecture - the modern part in the FG and the older one in the BG.
Good sharpness and details adorned with subtle lighting.
Well done for such a neat presentation.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hello Nigel.
Great cityscape shot with interesting architecture, colours and sharpnes are fantastic, fine POV and composition, congratulations.
Regards Robert.

Hello Nigel,

This is a really fine shot of Liverpool's regenerated docks. The two new buildings, set at right-angles to each other, make an interesting, natural frame for the Liver Building, with its iconic birds and clock.
The features all fit nicely into the overall frame with a good dof.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Nigel, certainly not the usual view we expect from Liverpool; and I have to agree with your thoughts about this particular building encroaching on the heritage of the surrounding area.
Nevertheless it makes for a striking scene with the unusual angles.Your composition allows us to peek through the gap towards the older buildings with their interesting features.
Imo a good composition and informative notes.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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