The Victoria Quarter in Leeds is an upmarket shopping area between Briggate and Vicar Lane, comprised mainly of classic covered arcades.
It was originally built around 1900, designed by architect Frank Matcham (1854-1920) who also designed the Hackney Empire. Prior to this time, the area was a mess of narrow alleyways filled with butchers shops and slaughter houses.
The arched glass roofs make the space airy, while the ornate marble, mosaic, wrought iron and faience features give a sense of old fashioned elegance
The Quarter is definitely popular with one hundred percent take up of retail space and some high end London stores choosing this location as their first branch out of the capital.
Between 1990 and 1996, the Quarter was restored, including the construction of a stained glass roof over Queen Victoria Street, which had previously been open to the sky.
Designed by architect Brian Clarke, at 8,041sq feet, it is the largest stained glass window in Britain and really does create a talking point. Clarke describes his medium as light, especially the way in which it brings kinetic life into a building.
What do you think - tasteful addition, adding to the overall beauty or slightly incongruous, modern colour-chart hanging over Edwardian facades?