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I have increasingly seen the Spinnaker Tower shape everywhere in Portsmouth lately and it made me think; the Spinnaker Tower is probably THE icon of Portsmouth these days.

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That is the BBC South today title card. The ITV Meridian News has the Portsmouth Skyline as its backdrop (at least it did last time I watched)
Trying to find some more, I noticed last night that the University Hocky Team logo is a Spinnaker-Hockey Stick Hybrid.
There are shed loads more out there (google isn't being helpful :( ) and it makes me ask the question, has any modern building (London aside mr Gherkin) had such an iconic impact on it's host city?
 

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Indeed Ill Tonsko, the Spinnaker Tower has been embnraced by the city, but remember the spinnaker image was synonymous with Pompey before the tower due to the sailing heritage of Portsea Island (part of the reason the tower was the runaway favourite design in the public consulation all those years ago for the 'millenium project')

The icon of my city, Winchester is most probably Arthur and his Round Table abroad, but domestically i think people probably think of the Cathedral.
 

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The Armadillo is the Glasgow "Icon" despite it not being that great of a building. Glasgow School of Art is the true icon.
I like it visually but I don't like the crane in the background!

Reminds me of the Newcastle thingy as well!

Portsmouth Tower really is a top notch design...cannot think of a better tower (Eiffel!) in Europe?
 

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@ Belfastuniguy, I agree, they are on so many logos and murals and have regular appearances in NI media. Everyone in the city loves them :D On an international level I would say this is more of an icon though:


Stormont August 2010 15 by alan06, on Flickr

As an outsider I would say:

London: Tower Bridge/Buckingham Palace/Gherkin/Trafalgar/Tower of London...
Glasgow: Armadillo
Edinburgh: Castle
Cardiff: Stadium/Cymru Centre (think that's what it's called. The one Zaha Hadid designed)
Portsmouth: Spinnaker
Birmingham: Selfridges/BT tower
Liverpool: Three Graces/Anglican Cathedral
Manchester: Old Trafford

And here I would say the H&W cranes or Stormont.
 

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I'm pretty certain that if anyone where to see a pic of these cranes they would know they are in Belfast. They are probably the greatest icon this city has.
I'm not sure I can think of anyone I work with or socialise with who would have a clue where they are and I don't think they're alone. A truly fine local icon and an icon amongst us lot in the know but I think the moment you started asking most average joe's in England or beyond then you'd struggle.
 

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Been doing a little bit of research and found out that Corrie is known and loved by people around the world:.
It's not broadcast here in the USA, thank f**k.

The only "Icon's" I can think of that define UK cities (locations) are Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament, Tower of London (London); Edinburgh Castle, (Edinburgh); Lyver Building, Metropolitan Cathedral (Liverpool); Stnoehenge, (I don't know it's location,) (near Salisbury).
Never heard of Penny Lane, definitely heard of, and know a lot more about, Coronation Street.
I believe you.
 

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Hmmm. Those cranes are indeed iconic and I would recognise them as belfast. But then I am a worldly man without parallel. ;)

I may be doing an injustice here but I suspect a fair percentage of people wouldnt pick these up as Belfast.

Stormont is iconic - but then thats east if Belfast isnt it?
 
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