The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is opening a new national architecture centre, called RIBA North, on the waterfront in Liverpool this August.
It will include an exhibition gallery, a conference and event space, a cafe and a shop in a part of the UK city known for its cultural attractions – the newly redeveloped Mann Island, for which Broadway Malyan won a RIBA North West award in 2015.
The prominent waterfront site sits in close proximity to the Three Graces, the New Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool One and the attractions of Albert Dock.
The centre aims to “offer perspectives on the built environment to architecture and design enthusiasts, families, students and professionals.”
At the core of the new centre is an exhibition gallery that will host historic RIBA collections, collections which are the most extensive archive of architectural drawings, prints and photographs in the UK.
The opening exhibition highlights the reasoning behind RIBA’s choice of Liverpool as the host for the new centre.
Entitled ‘Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architecture Risk Taker,’ the exhibition will celebrate Liverpool’s “long, often maverick, history of architectural ambition, its willingness to take risks and be open to transformation.”
The exhibition will also show unbuilt proposals for the city, featuring extensive multimedia.