The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will open a new national architecture centre, RIBA North, on 17 June on the Liverpool Waterfront. RIBA North, designed by Broadway Malyan, will be a place for everyone to discover more about architecture with exhibitions, talks and tours as well as a café and shop.
At the heart of RIBA North is the City Gallery, a space for visitors to learn more about Liverpool’s past present and future, as well as the processes involved in urban development and the evolution of the built environment. RIBA North’s City Gallery includes the Digital City Model, an interactive 3d model, which tells a variety of stories about Liverpool and the surrounding area. It 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.
Alongside this permanent display, RIBA North will host a bold programme of temporary exhibitions and offer the opportunity to view the historic RIBA Collections, the nation’s richest resource of architecture drawings, photographs and prints, dating from the late 15th century to the present day.
The opening exhibition, ‘Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker’, celebrates Liverpool’s long, often maverick, history of architectural ambition, its willingness to take risks and consider audacious schemes – a trait which has ultimately resulted in the dramatic and celebrated skyline we see today.
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