By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.


Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.


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?

    Unsuitable or offensive?

  • 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.

    Unsuitable or offensive?

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

    Unsuitable or offensive?

  • 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.

    Unsuitable or offensive?

  • 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.

    Unsuitable or offensive?

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Related Jobs

Sign in to see the latest jobs relevant to you!

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters