Saturday, May 23, 2009

National Centre for Popular Music, Sheffield, England

The National Centre for Popular Music was a museum in Sheffield, England for contemporary music and culture, a £15 million project, which opened on 1 March 1999, and closed in June 2000.

The building consists of four giant stainless steel drums, surrounding an atrium area, the upper floor of which has a glazed roof. The drums, whose tops were built to rotate in to the wind, no longer rotate and have been left pointing in various directions.

The ground floor contained office space, a shop, a bar, a cafe and a further exhibition space. Access to this floor was free, with only the top floor forming the museum.

It became a live music venue for a period from July 2001 and then being taken over by Sheffield Hallam University from September 2003, who bought it from Yorkshire Forward for £1.85m in February 2003.

Architect : Nigel Coates

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