The trapezoid-shaped building will house a new business school and learning exchange.
Gareth Hollyman, spokesperson for the university, said: “There will be three towers sitting under a single glass roof, seperated by two atria or arcades.”
The 20,000 square metre structure is planned to reach as high as eight storeys along Mancunian Way, sloping to four storeys at its entrance at Grosvenor Park.
The building has been designed to let in as much natural light as possible and includes solar panels and a system for recycling rain water.
Construction is due to start in 2009 and should be completed by 2011.