RIBA set to open dockside architecture centre in Liverpool

RIBA has revealed its new Broadway Malyan-designed architecture centre for northern England, which opens on Liverpool‘s waterfront this summer.

RIBA North will be the Royal Institute of British Architects’ first centre for architecture outside of London, where it is based.

“At RIBA North, we have a building with museum conditions which will offer a magnificent opportunity to view RIBA’s world-renowned historic collections showing hundreds of years of the UK’s extraordinary architectural history,” said Jane Duncan, President, RIBA Jane Duncan.

The centre made up of galleries, a space for talks as well as a cafe and shop will be split across a pair of low-lying blocks designed by London studio Broadway Malyan.

“RIBA North will be in good company on our prestigious Liverpool Waterfront, alongside the Albert Dock and the three Graces, which since Liverpool City Council moved into the Cunard Building has come alive with new tenants and staff,” said Joe Anderson, Mayor, Liverpool.

The centre’s City Gallery will host a permanent exhibition of Liverpool’s architectural past and future, with part of the story told through an interactive three-dimensional model.

Known as the Digital City Model, it is also expected to become a professional tool for architects, planners and developers when looking at future projects.

The centre will also roll out a programme of temporary exhibits showing drawings, photographs and prints from the RIBA archive, which date from the 15th century to present day.


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