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Think you know Liverpool architecture? Watch as we take you inside RIBA North…


Liverpool is famed for its historical buildings and now RIBA North invites you to learn more about the city we love and its architecture at Mann Island.

Did you know the Royal Institution of Architects national architecture centre is in Liverpool? Based at Mann Island, RIBA North is surrounded by iconic buildings, such as the Three Graces, Wellington Building and St Nick’s Church which give us a real sense of pride and belonging to many scousers.

Since opening in 2017, RIBA North offers us all the chance to discover more about architecture with exhibitions, tours and tours, the centre also houses a cafe and shop, all of which is open to the public.

We’re supremely proud of our UNESCO World Heritage status but how much do we really know about it? A trip to RIBA North will open up a new world of information as the Digital City Model, an interactive 3D model of Liverpool, opens our eyes to the city we think we know. You can also a step into the Digital City Model and book yourself onto a fascinating walking tour.

More: See the city from a Liver Bird view at RLB 360.

Any visit to the waterfront should include a stop off at RIBA North. It’s a family friendly, accessible gallery with something for visitors of all ages. There’s much more to learn about the city streets we walk every day.

Here’s 4 RIBA North exhibitions to check out this month….

After Island Exhibition

A British Council exhibition in partnership with the RIBA and the University of Liverpool. This exhibition showcases the work of the British Council Venice Fellows who each spent a month in Venice undertaking their own research projects. Closes: 20th May

Permutations Exhibition


Permutations is an interactive artwork and a synthesis of architecture and music which reinvents the rituals of classical performance. It invites listeners to participate in a new ritual, as they explore a new work of music through playing the acoustics of six adjustable chambers. Audience members can treat the space itself as a musical instrument: the listener performs their own experience. Closes: 27th May

Building Children’s Worlds: Modern Architecture and post 1945 Picturebooks

Curated by Torsten Schmiedeknecht, this exhibition looks at how modern architecture has been portrayed in children’s picture books since 1945 and explores the potential influence of illustrations and portrayals of home, the workplace and the public realm. Closes: 31st May

Studio Mutt In Character Exhibition


A person’s character is what makes them individual – it is who they are. Through In Character, Studio MUTT give life to four characters as architectural compositions of ornament, colour and form. The pieces exist somewhere between a very big model or a very small building in scale and aim to move beyond mere representation or speculation.

Instead, the project is an investigation into character and architecture, exploring ornament as a tool through which architecture can communicate, whether this be factual or fictional narratives. Closes: 15th June

RIBA North is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am til 5pm. To find out more about event and exhibitions at RIBA North head to and follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates. 



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