National Centre for Popular Music

Sheffield, 1999

An icon for contemporary Sheffield, the four steel drums of NCPM stand proudly on the Sheffields urban landscape. Originally designed as an attraction dedicated to pop music, the building was soon transformed into the Hub, the music venue for Sheffield Hallam University. Our idea for the building was simple; lift four circular galleries up to first floor level, and draw visitors up to their level by way of a wide central stair. People would choose which gallery to enter first, and effectively could write their own script.

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