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First look: Will Alsop’s ‘Chips’

The AJ can reveal the first pictures of Alsop Architects’ ‘Chips’ housing scheme in New Islington, Manchester

According to Alsop, the 100m-long, nine-storey building for developer Urban Splash was inspired ‘by three fat chips piled on top of one another’.

The 142-apartment scheme, which sits between the Ashton and Rochdale canals, has a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats.

The upper storeys are clad in ‘newspaper print’ to ‘echo the industrial heritage of the surrounding Ancoats area’.

Work is expected to finish on the lower ‘chip’ in early summer.

Readers' comments (5)

Should Will Alsop lay off the chips?

  • Does anyone else think this scheme is ugly?

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  • I'm just glad it's something different from all the usual bland architecture, if people think it is ugly it might inspire some beautiful architecture. Someone once said if you try to please everyone then it will be boring. Art (of which architecture is part) should invoke emotions both good and bad.
    To be honest, I'm not sure about the overall form - the 'chips'. The sunken balconies with the bright colours are good though.

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  • Could be worse, could be an unimaginative glass box. It does look like its been designed for a Pixar movie though.

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  • I love Alsop! Any building he designs brings a smile to my face -I just love the sense of a 'cheeky little bit of fun' that he captures within his designs.
    I think his obvious concepts are sometimes a little ridiculous and 'chips' isn't one of a great thinker but I think Alsop has a much more complex concept: his designs are a humorous response to architecture today, a slap in the face so to speak. Just this little injection of colour and fun that he brings, I have to say I quite like.

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  • My God, what are you people on about? This is clearly a complete turd of a building.

    No thought whatsoever has gone into the design of this monstrosity - it looks more suited to an shanty town than an English city.

    Sort it out lads.

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