These are 9 of the most unusual buildings in Leeds

Every city has its own unique charm and individuality that sets it apart from the rest, with Leeds being no exception.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 6:00 am
Leeds isn’t short of quirky landmarks that help it to stand out

Like other cities it may have similar shops, restaurants and bars, but Leeds isn’t short of quirky landmarks that help it to stand out. Here are nine of the most unusual buildings from around the city that you are unlikely to see anywhere else.

It may be a rusty eyesore to some, but the 23-storey Broadcasting Place won the accolade of the world’s best new tall building back in 2010, beating out the likes of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai which is 11 times higher
This steam powered railway wagon hoist was one of a pair that stood on each side of the viaduct leading to the station goods warehouse, and was used for raising and lowering wagons. It remained in use until the 1950s

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Opened in 2013, First Direct Arena was the first in the UK to have a fan-shaped orientation and its striking exterior, adorned with glazed panels fitted with changeable coloured lights, doesn’t fail to catch your eye
Dubbed ‘The Kremlin’, Quarry House has been part of the Leeds cityscape for more than 20 years, opening in July 1993 at a cost of GBP 55 million, providing new headquarters for the Department of Health and Social Security
It is the tallest building in Leeds, with the highest point standing at 476ft above ground level, but the office and residential skyscraper isn’t popular with everyone, earning the nickname The Dalek due to its odd shape
This GBP 65 million shopping development adjacent to Leeds Market opened in October 2016 and features an intricate criss-cross concrete pattern which was inspired by the city’s textile history
This unusual, contemporary car park was designed by architects ACME and boasts 228 twisted metal panels on its exterior, with room to house more than 800 cars
This popular shopping haunt opened to visitors in March 2013 and features an impressive glass dome which stretches across 40,000 sq ft and stands at 100 foot above street level
This residential cylindrical tower stands at 75 metres tall and is home to more than 150 of the most sought-after flats in Leeds, with views overlooking Granary Wharf