This is the exterior of the historic Friar House which will be home to our brand new hotel in Newcastle…
Check out that chandelier… what a glamourous welcome!
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The Sage Gateshead is a centre for musical education, performance and conferences, located in Gateshead
It opened in 2004 and occupies a curved glass and stainless steel building, the planning and construction process cost over £70 million, which was raised primarily through National Lottery grants. The Sage Gateshead is also available as a conference venue: for example it hosted the Liberal Democrat Party conference in March 2012.
Wikipedia tells us that the building contains three performance spaces; a 1,700-seater, a 450-seater and a smaller rehearsal and performance hall. The rest of the building was designed around these three spaces to allow for maximum attention to detail in their acoustic properties. Structurally it is three separate buildings, insulated from each other to prevent noise and vibration travelling between them. The gaps between them may be seen as one walks around inside. A special ‘spongy’ concrete mix was used in the construction, with a higher-than-usual air capacity to improve the acoustic.
These three buildings are enclosed (but not touched) by the now-famous glass and steel shell.
The building is open to the public throughout the day.
Visitors can see rehearsals, soundchecks and workshops in progress. It has five bars, a brasserie, the “Sir Michael Straker Café”, and “The Barbour Room” – a multi-purpose function room which holds around 200 people.
Previously a flour mill on the banks of the town – this imposing building is now a new centre for culture and the arts…
Baltic 39 opened to the public last Friday and now houses a public gallery 32 artists’ studios and a new home for fine art students. The building will bring together opportunities for training, creativity and exhibitions, offering a unique centre of artistic excellence, development and experimentation.
This exciting venture is a collaboration between funders Newcastle City Council and Arts Council England and new operating partners, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University.
You can find out what’s on here: http://www.balticmill.com
The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead.
It is a steel sculpture of an angel, standing 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across.
It stands on a hill overlooking the A1 and A167 roads into Tyneside, and the East Coast Main Line rail route, south of the site of Team Colliery.