NZ2564 : City Library from Princess Square

taken 8 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

City Library from Princess Square
City Library from Princess Square
The new Central Library's Avison Building, was designed by Newcastle-based, Ryder Architecture and opened in June 2009 at a cost of 24m. The building was named after C18 Newcastle composer, Charles Avison, to mark the 300th anniversary of his birth. The six-storey glazed design NZ2564 : Central Library, John Dobson Street provides good internal natural lighting and allows people to see in to the marble floored atrium. Access to the building is from both New Bridge Street and Princess Square.
Two level toon
A 1960s vision for Newcastle City Centre to separate traffic from pedestrians by creating a network of concrete walkways above access roads and traffic routes of the existing streets.
Geography reverses the situation somewhat at the Swan House roundabout which merges traffic coming off the Tyne Bridge with that from the Central Motorway and the City Centre. Here pedestrians are moved below the roads in subways but emerge again above the deep valley of Side under the Tyne Bridge.
The vision would have included Northumberland Street (where some new stores were built with shop windows at what is now first floor level), and further, but eventually money ran out and it was realised that too much of architectural merit would have to be sacrificed.
The development of the city in the 1960s and 1970s was marred by a corruption scandal involving a local politician, T. Dan Smith (aka 'The Mouth of the Tyne), and John Poulson, a property developer. Echoes of the scandal were revisited in the late 1990s in the BBC TV mini-series, 'Our Friends in the North' LinkExternal link
The 'streets in the sky' concept is explained in the Urban Translation Tour LinkExternal link
Plans of this and other Newcastle developments are discussed here LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 15 January, 2010   (more nearby)
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Friday, 22 January, 2010
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2503 6455 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.4963N 1:36.6300W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2500 6453
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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