A new national architecture centre will open on Liverpool’s waterfront this summer featuring a gallery at its heart.
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has unveiled details of its first exhibition at the RIBA North attraction, which will also provide talks, tours, a café and a shop.
Once open, the Mann Island venue will provide families, students, professionals and design enthusiasts with an opportunity to view the historic RIBA Collections – an archive of architecture drawings, photographs and prints dating from the late 15th Century to the present day – alongside a programme of exhibitions.
The first, entitled ‘Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architecture Risk Taker’, will show designs for Liverpool that were never built to reveal the process of the city’s development and celebrate its long history of architectural ambition.
Drawings, models and watercolour works, many of which have never been displayed, will be on show including Sir Charles Nicholson and Philip Webb’s un-built proposals for the city’s Anglican cathedral, and a radical 1959 scheme by Sir Denys Lasdun for the Catholic cathedral site.
RIBA president Jane Duncan says: “The new exhibition gallery, with museum conditions, will offer a magnificent opportunity to display RIBA’s historic collections, telling hundreds of years of the UK’s extraordinary architectural history.
“The prominent high footfall location of our new gallery on the waterfront, next to the Three Graces, the new Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool ONE and the attractions of Albert Dock, will help us to reach a wide audience.”