IN Twelfth Night, Shakespeare has Malvolio musing: "Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."
It's a famous quotation that has had Huddersfield Civic Society publicity officer George Keith - a former English tutor at the Huddersfield New College - wondering if the same applies to buildings and deciding, yes, "Some are born landmarks, some achieve landmark status, while others have `landmark' thrust upon them."
He says: "The most obvious `born' landmark in Huddersfield is Castle Hill, but a building destined from birth to become not only a major Huddersfield landmark but well-known abroad, is of course, the McAlpine Stadium.
"Hundreds and hundreds of Huddersfield folk are daily welcomed home by it as their train approaches the station. It's watched over by Castle Hill. Thousands visit weekly...
"The year after it was built it received the Building of the Year Award from the Royal Institute of British Architects (1995 ). A winner if ever there was one.
"When people were queueing to view the refurbished Reichstag building, bookshops in Berlin displayed a new glossy book on modern architecture - open at a double spread of a not unfamiliar football ground! Two European landmarks together: Norman Foster's Dome and the McAlpine Stadium built by Lobb and Partners."
On becoming a landmark, Mr Keith notes: "Back in 1970, when the Queensgate Market was new, never was a building less welcome or less likely to be regarded as a landmark.
"When I came to live in Huddersfield 12 years ago, there was no end to people making sure I knew about the sacrilege that had been committed at that end of town. A beloved gold market had been demolished to make way for a modern eyesore nobody loved - or so it seemed.
"Now it is the turn of the `new market' to be considered for demolition, and it seems that the building is not quite so unloved after all.
"Yes, there are some shortcomings to the interior which need attention, but where is there a more accessible or friendlier place in Huddersfield than the market piazza with its covered shopping crescent and its grassy slope where children can play and be entertained.
"But there is an important architectural issue as well. At least two historians I know in Huddersfield point out the excellence of its parabolic roof design by Seymur Harris. "Indeed, one of them suggests that it may be unique not just to Huddersfield but worldwide. It looks as though a building, once reviled by many, has quietly achieved landmark status with hardly anyone noticing.
"What people have noticed over the years though, is that Queensgate Market is often the only place in Huddersfield where you can buy those little things that matter in life eg genuine delicatessen, good cheeses and those odd bits of hardware nobody else stocks!"
Now on to the future and Mr Keith's tip for the building most likely to have greatness thrust upon it is Media Centre Three, proposed by Kirklees Economic Development Services for construction on the Ring Road at Castlegate East next to the refurbished Friendly and Trades Club Building.
The building, currently up for approval, is the design of Ash Sakula and has already been reported in the Examiner.
Says Mr Keith: "It's glass walls will be of double skin construction allowing for not only energy-efficient fresh air circulation, but also for intriguing lighting effects that will softly illuminate th exterior of the building at night.
"The imaginative conception is in keeping with a building designed to house and promote 21st-century media enterprise and creativity.
"It has already had landmark potential thrust upon it but the prospect is an exciting one for Huddersfield and deserves to go ahead, if , of course, the money can be found."
Anybody know of any more Renaissance landmarks coming up on the horizon?