Thursday, 8 October 2009
Leeds Corn Exchange
The Corn Exchange was always an impressive building, but inside the domed hall, one thousand thousand black ghouls with bright fringes festered. No more!
With the tacky 'Affleck's palace lite' shops scoured out of the building like the Augean stables, the Corn Exchange has been born anew, a massive skylight spanning the wide open space, lighting up the inside, making use of the vastness which for so long had been in shadow, or obscured by scaffolding.
This new light now falls upon a classy restaurant in the central pit, stone floors and dark woods in this round house conjuring up images of 'the Globe' or at least a theatrical atmosphere.
The building has never been seen in a better light.