It looks like an architectural refugee from a Kandinsky painting, with its shimmering shapes of glass and steel but The Lowry, designed by James Stirling and Michael Wilford and built in 2000, is supposed to represent a ship on the skyline of the docks. If you don’t want to spend a week gawping at it to try and work that out, venture inside to experience the crazy interior that sees striking colours flood the disorientating walkways. Despite the Lowry collection from the last century, the place screams ‘modern’.
In March 2012, The Lowry hosted a House of Annie Lennox Exhibition and she performed seven songs at the preview including There Must Be An Angel and Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This.
There’s three theatres of different sizes hosting comedy, theatre, plays, dance and musicals, plus more exhibition spaces, bars, cafes, restaurants and the oblig gift shop. It’s all very world class and the place has become a centre for conferences and even weddings too. But would the matchstick cats and dogs purveyor, Lowry, approve? The miserable old sod might just doff his trilby.