In Voca’s blog, she mentioned that Newcastle architectural design is defined by a combination of historical elements of the city which reflect habitation by the Air Force and a touch of modernity through what is commonly known as the Newcastle Central Development Plan. Characterised by elevated walkways which allow social interaction between habitants and generally reducing traffic, the initial central plan targeted public amenities such as museums, government buildings and libraries. Various building projects reflect the brutalist architectural style which is a form of modernist type architecture popular from the 1950s to 1970s. Typically, the term comes from Le Corbusier’s description of the material commonly used ‘beton bruit’ which translates to raw concrete.
The Manors Car Park or Newcastle Library is a typical building reflecting this style which dominates Newcastle. Although the car park is still functional, it did not bring the much-desired connectivity between the train station and city centre as was initially planned.
Another building highlighted is the Newcastle Civic Centre which was established within the 1950s to 1960s when this type of architecture was at its peak (see Figure 1). The building is essentially one of the most unique in the city. The building is decorated with fascinating sculptures most notably the River God Tyne bronze.
Figure 1: Civic Centre in NEWCASTLE