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Paternoster lift and views

The Arts Tower is 78 meters tall and roughly 50 years old building. We rode in the paternoster lift... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
BeachStone2C
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Helsinki, Finland
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Modernist beauty

I really can't believe some of these reviews here! The Arts Tower is a fine example of modernist... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Taymaz A
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

Visited the Arts Tower in the 70s and wanted to revisit. Its an open building and so able to see the inside - especially the Paternoster Lift. Worth seeing and if possible travelling on - If you dont know what it is look it up on Wikipedia. A great structure still serving a perfect service. Not sure if you should ask permission firt before a visit but There were no people or notices saying otherwise. Good to see inside and outside.

Thank Howard-Liverpool
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Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Terribly designed. Architecture popular 30 years ago but nothing special today. Paternoster (a continually moving elevator) is slow and doesn't feel great. Overall not worth any sort of trip but if you're passing may as well.

Thank sapphire81
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

It was originally designed to have four lifts in the core but the paternoster replaced two of them during the design stage, to get easily between nearby floors, without waiting for a lift or using the stairs. Sometimes people travelled full height in the paternoster to avoid waiting for the two remaining lifts.
It was a great place to study and had marvellous views all round. Still is?
A myth says the top floors are always lit to warn planes. Er, no. It's the architecture students working late, or through the night.
Lots of local tv, radio and phone transmitters now hide behind the louvred top section.
A strong wind bouncing off the front makes it difficult to walk to the doors, but once there you get sucked in!
A recent refurb is apparently not particularly successful. A current student tells me the wind still whistles in at every window (as in the 60's and 70's, and they complain about bad layouts and details.

Thank nuf_said_11
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Reviewed 1 December 2015

Living nearby, I used to take my kids up in the paternoster to admire the views. Now there are security guards, and I suspect the unauthorised won't get in. Great views if you do manage to get to the top.

Thank AliAl-Aswad
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Reviewed 20 November 2015

The Arts Tower is of interest from an architectural perspective and it is of interest due to the Paternoster lift system. I studied languages here many years ago and now it seems to be totally architecture students. It is a Sheffield icon.

Thank wombatdavid
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