Urbis is located in a unique building in Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, designed by Ian Simpson. The design and shape of the building can be compared with the Flatiron Building in New York.
The exhibition centre is set across five floors. Floor four focuses on life in Manchester; the other floors host temporary exhibitions that run from between three to five months. Each October, the entire building is given over to Manchester Fashion Weekend, an offshoot of a similar event in London.
Urbis also contains The Social (a bar and cafe), a shop, rooms for corporate hire and a restaurant and bar, The Modern, on the fifth and sixth floors. Since August 2005 the offices and studios of Manchester's television station Channel M have been located in the building. #ian_simpson #manchester #museum #urbis