The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) opened its new national architecture centre on Liverpool Waterfront on Sat 17 June and I got to preview the space ahead of its opening!
The tour began with Jane Duncan (President of RIBA) introducing the centre along with the vision for how this space will be used within the community.
We are delighted to open RIBA North, a new national architecture centre for the UK, this summer. We are particularly proud to strengthen our cultural and creative offering in the north of England, and to enable many more people to explore and understand the enormous impact that architecture and design has on all our lives.
Following her speech we were given a personal tour of the entire space, including the City Gallery which houses the Digital City Model, an interactive 3D model which recounts stories about Liverpool and the surrounding area. This impressive piece of equipment was my favourite part of the entire tour because it shows how technology has moved on with the times and how it can enhance the design process of a project. This 3D model is also an extraordinary professional tool which can be used by developers, architects and planners to host public consultations, anticipate the impact of future development, and encourage the best design approaches.
It's incredible how technology shapes how the built environment is now designed and is interesting to see this juxtaposed with the original drawings of building designs dating from as far back as the 1700's right through to the mid 20th century.
Joseph Sharples, the Curator of the first exhibition (Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk Taker) gave us an interesting insight, explaining the history of each drawing.
I would highly recommend visiting the centre if you are interested in architecture or design because it's fascinating to see some of the building drawings that were imagined for Liverpool, but never built.
RIBA North will run year-round programme of talks, tours and exhibitions, bringing together everyone with an interest in architecture to promote and share knowledge about the benefits of good design.
Visitors have the opportunity to view historic RIBA collections, the nation's richest resource of architecture drawings, photographs and prints, dating from the late 15th century to the present day.
Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk Taker is currently exhibiting at the centre until 16 September.
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