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The question: Favourite building

In the week that Manchester's Victorian baths won the audience vote in BBC's Restoration programme, we ask: what is your favourite building?

You would be hard pushed to beat Cardiff 's Millennium Stadium with the roof closed. The noise and atmosphere generated is quite something, especially when your team wins. Like on 27 May 2002:

Leicester Tigers 15 Munster 9.

Dave Garratt, 34, project manager, London

My favourite building lies on the banks of the River Clyst on the outskirts of Topsham. It is a fine old building with oak beams and character oozing from every pore.

Inside, the decor and furniture is from a bygone age that complements the exterior. In the corner of the lounge stands a stately long case clock, solidly ticking away the seconds of the day. On the wall, the antique barometer signals the changing of the weather. The property has been in the same family for generations and they seamlessly blend into the surroundings. It is so revered that even The Queen has paid a visit. There may come a time when it will be converted to a Beefeater or Harvester, so before then I commend to you the delights of the Bridge Inn.

Robert Pike, 41, project manager, Exeter

For its 'folie de grandeur' of the Edwardian years, I would recommend Castle Drogo (built 1910-30) on the edge of Dartmoor. It was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens and commands spectacular views over a wooded valley with some great walks along the river below. It has been well preserved with rooms furnished by the National Trust. My wife and I spent a day there on our honeymoon, so we have some very happy memories of this particular English country house.

Nigel Horwell, 42, regeneration manager, Cornwall

The amazing BurjAl-Arab hotel in Dubai makes my heart flutter every time I see it, and my son suffers a similar fate. One of his first words was 'Burjaawab' or 'rocket hotel'. It is the world's first seven star hotel and at 321m it is also the world's tallest.

Paul McCormick, 37, managing director, Derby

The Sheraton Hotel in Doha. My dad was an M&E project manager during its construction and used to take me to the site to show me around on a Thursday morning when it was quiet. As a nine year old I found the civils elements much more interesting than bits of wire or circuit breakers and 10 years later I went on to start a degree in civil engineering.

Bruce Walton, 31, deputy contracts manager, Manchester

My favourite is Maiden Castle in Dorset. As the biggest Iron Age hill fort in Europe it is a testament to perseverance and dedication (albeit for survival). Large enough to contain 50 football pitches and with 10m high ramparts, even to set out on a project like that without mechanical assistance or lottery funding demands respect.

Walking around it, your imagination wanders through times of peace and war, and to see it restored would really bring the past to life.

Brian Rousell, 31, design and planning manager, Sussex

For me a good building has to be functional, appealing, revolutionary, easily remembered, and it has to look like it is from no particular time. So my favourite building today is the Burj-Al-Arab hotel in Dubai, as I think it encompasses all of the above.

Mohamad Al-Dah, 24, structural engineer, Cardiff

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