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BIG Designs No 1 Quayside, an Office Building in Newcastle, UK

BIG has just released images of No 1 Quayside, its latest office building in Newcastle. Designed in collaboration with local studio Xsite Architecture, the project’s curvature is directly inspired by the bridges over the River Tyne and the sloping neighboring hills.

Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of EYELEVEL Courtesy of EYELEVEL Courtesy of EYELEVEL + 15

Three Piece House / TRIAS

© Benjamin Hosking © Benjamin Hosking © Benjamin Hosking © Benjamin Hosking + 41

What 6 British Cities Could Have Looked Like

A historic hotbed of architectural styles and a current architectural capital of the world, cities in the United Kingdom are awash with iconic buildings from the Georgian, Neoclassical, and contemporary era. Such buildings, from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol to the Southbank in London, have come to define the cities in which they stand, drawing the eyes of tourists and designers alike from around the world.

It is therefore an interesting exercise to examine what these cities would look like if such structures didn’t exist. To this end, Neomam Studios has partnered with QuickQuid to produce a series of images demonstrating what six British cities could have looked like, resurrecting some of Britain’s most surprising unbuilt structures.

Brass House / anthrosite

© Jon Reid
© Jon Reid

© Jon Reid © Jon Reid © Jon Reid © Jon Reid + 19

Newcastle, Australia
  • Architects: anthrosite
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  330.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

SUSURU / Prevalent

© Jan Vranovsky © Jan Vranovsky © Jan Vranovsky © Jan Vranovsky + 41

Newcastle, Australia
  • Architects: Prevalent
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Stacked Residential Tower to Become One of Newcastle's Tallest Buildings

Planning approval has been granted to British firm FaulknerBrowns Architects, for the construction of a new residential tower on the site of a dilapidated warehouse building, in Newcastle upon Tyne.

“We have worked extremely hard to design a building of the highest quality and we believe this development will create a positive landmark for the city, representative of its ambitious and forward thinking outlook,” said Paul Rigby, partner at FaulknerBrowns.

© FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects © FaulknerBrowns Architects + 11

Garden Suburb Early Learning Centre / Bourne Blue Architecture

Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture Courtesy of Bourne Blue Architecture + 19

Newcastle, Australia

10 Highlights from Guardian Cities' "History of Cities in 50 Buildings"

All good things must come to an end, and Guardian Cities' excellent "History of Cities in 50 Buildings" series is sadly no exception, with only a few more left to be published before they hit 50. The whole series is definitely worth the read, bringing in the best of academic and architectural writing from guest authors and the Guardian's own Cities team, but if you're strapped for time - and if you're an architect, it's fairly likely that's true - we've rounded up 10 highlights from the list to get you started.

Amazonas Theatre, Manaus. Image © Wikimedia user Leaderfo Narkomfin Building, Moscow. Image © Wikimedia user NVO Ponte Tower, Johannesburg. Image © Flickr user fiverlocker Byker Wall Estate, Newcastle. Image © Flickr user George Rex + 11

What Can Be Learnt From The Smithsons' "New Brutalism" In 2014?

Sheffield born Alison Gill, later to be known as Alison Smithson, was one half of one of the most influential Brutalist architectural partnerships in history. On the day that she would be celebrating her 86th birthday we take a look at how the impact of her and Peter Smithson's architecture still resonates well into the 21st century, most notably in the British Pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale. With London's Robin Hood Gardens, one of their most well known and large scale social housing projects, facing imminent demolition how might their style, hailed by Reyner Banham in 1955 as the "new brutalism", hold the key for future housing projects?

Robin Hood Gardens, London. Image Courtesy of John Levett - http://www.flickr.com/photos/joseph_beuys_hat/ Robin Hood Gardens, London. Image Courtesy of Amanda Vincent-Rous - http://www.flickr.com/photos/51746218@N03/ Drawing at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Alison & Peter Smithson (1963). Image © James Taylor-Foster Robin Hood Gardens, Alison and Peter Smithson + 8

374 Hamilton / Bourne Blue Architects

© Shane Blue © Shane Blue © Shane Blue © Shane Blue + 25

Newcastle, Australia
  • Architects: Bourne Blue Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  165.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

How Will Architecture Respond to a "Boom" in UK University Spending?

With the recent news that Dutch practice Mecanoo, along with Penoyre & Prasad, have been selected for a £200 million new engineering campus at the University of Manchester, Amanda Baillieu of BDOnline argues that they "need to set their ambitions a whole lot higher." Alongside's Manchester's announcement, universities in Sheffield, Newcastle and Oxford also recently announced a big investment in their campuses. The trick, Baillieu suggests, will be in ensuring the architecture is not "safe and office-like" (which fits universities’ "business-like" mindset). As we enter a "golden age" in university capital investment, educational architecture will be playing a central role. Read the article in full here.

Newcastle Museum / Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

© John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings © John Gollings + 7

Newcastle, Australia
  • Architects: Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Hunter Medical Research Institute / Denton Corker Marshall + SKM-S2F Architects

Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association
Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association
  • Architects: Denton Corker Marshall, SKM-S2F Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  15900.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association Courtesy of Denton Corker Marshall and SKM-S2F Architects in Association + 5

Dudley House / Bourne Blue Architecture

© Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman © Brett Boardman + 35

Newcastle, Australia
  • Architects: Bourne Blue Architecture
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009