RIBA North is located within the award-winning Mann Island complex on the city’s waterfront and is RIBA’s first major centre for architecture outside of London.
At the heart of the new centre are two museum standard galleries that will be used to exhibit RIBA’s world-class collections as well as for lectures, debates and conferences.
The opening exhibition – Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker – celebrates the city’s long history of architectural ambition with a review of schemes that were ultimately never built.
Director Ian Apsley said: “Opportunities to design and deliver a scheme of this nature on behalf of an organisation like RIBA are incredibly rare so it has been a source of great professional and personal pride for everyone involved in the project.
“From an architectural perspective this is a really important project. It is a first in terms of being a public facing centre which will really drive the conversation about the importance of the built environment and how it impacts on people’s lives.