Saturday, 22 August 2009

Up North

I spent last week in Newcastle as part of a work assignment. The mix of old and contemporary structures create a dynamic and interesting city.

The Baltic is a contemporary art gallery with an amazing book and gift shop and cafe space on the ground floor. Two of the current exhibitions include Sarah Sze's intricate installations and Fiona Crisp's large scale photographs of underground spaces.

My favourite structure in the city is the Millenium Bridge, which links Newcastle to Gateshead.

Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, it is reminiscent of the groundbreaking creations of Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish Architect whose buildings helped to re-ignite the cultural heart of Valencia and transform the Malmö skyline.

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