NZ2764 : Byker Wall

taken 2 years ago, near to Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Great Britain

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Byker Wall
Byker Wall
The Shipley Rise section of this most iconic of housing developments, seen from Raby Way.
Byker Wall

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

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Date Taken
Friday, 9 August, 2019   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 13 August, 2019
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings 
Housing (from Tags)
Primary Subject of Photo
Housing Estate 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2705 6463 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.5332N 1:34.7362W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2707 6461
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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