Broadcasting Place is the home of Leeds Metropolitan University’s art courses: including all things from English and History to Graphic Design, Architecture and Interior Design. Although it is still only four years old, the “rusty building” is already famous around Leeds, prompting a Marmite-style love/hate reaction amongst residents.
The site includes Broadcasting Tower, made up of 240 student flats and winner of the award for the Best Tall Building in the World in 2010 from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in Chicago.
The building itself is clad in the same weathering steel used to make the Angel of the North in Gateshead and the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn. The material becomes rust-like in its appearance when exposed to the elements, meaning that it can gradually change colour over time.
Aside from the usual day-to-day goings on of the university, the building is often open to the general public for art exhibitions, most notably at the start of June when the faculty puts on a big degree show of all the year’s graduating students’ work.