Byker Wall :: Shared Description

The Byker Wall is the name given to the long, curving blocks of maisonettes of between 3 and 8-storeys built as a protective wall on the north side of Byker Estate. South of the wall, short, low-rise terraces are arranged in small communities often utilising the same bold elements (colour coded in regions) around play-grounds, greens and well planted gardens. It was designed by the notable architect Ralph Erskine (1914-2005) LinkExternal link during the mid-1970s. Its Functionalist Romantic styling with textured, complex facades, colourful brick, wood and plastic panels, attention to context and relatively low-rise construction represented a major break with the Brutalist high-rise architecture in favour at the time. The innovative and visionary design has won many awards, and the Byker Wall has also been placed on UNESCO's list of outstanding twentieth century buildings. In 2007 the Byker Estate was Grade II* listed as an example of outstanding architecture LinkExternal link
A case study of Byker Estate by Future Communities can be found here LinkExternal link

Municipal Dreams in Housing, Newcastle LinkExternal link
by Andrew Curtis
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NZ2764 : Byker Community Association Building, Headlam Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : Grace Street towards the Byker Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Tom Collins House, Byker Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : St Michael's Mount, Avondale by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Walkway, Kendal Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : Dalton Crescent, Byker Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Shipley Walk, Byker Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Dunn Terrace, Byker Wall (detail) by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : Gardens behind the Byker Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Byker Wall from Dalton Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : The Byker Wall by Richard Webb
NZ2764 : Stags Head, Byker Estate by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : Byker Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Community Housing Office, Byker Estate by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : Inside the Byker Wall by Richard Webb
NZ2764 : Spires Lane, Byker Estate by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : Apartments, Headlam Street, Byker by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : St Lawrence Church & Byker Crescent by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Archway, Dalton Street by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Brinkburn Street, Byker Estate by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : Long Headlam, south side of Byker Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Brinkburn Close framed in doorway through Brinkburn Street terrace by Andrew Curtis
NZ2664 : Behind the Byker Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : Behind Byker Wall by Andrew Curtis
NZ2764 : Painted building, Raby Street by Andrew Curtis

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Created: Sun, 28 Mar 2010, Updated: Sun, 13 Mar 2016

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