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Culture House Sunderland Building News

29 March 2022

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, north east England, UK

Approval for Sunderland Culture House by FaulknerBrowns Architects

Design: FaulknerBrowns Architects

Culture House Sunderland building design
image © FaulknerBrowns – Pillar Visuals

Culture House Sunderland cultural hub design

Plans for an ambitious new cultural hub in Sunderland city centre have been approved by Sunderland City Council. Culture House, designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, is a modern, mixed-use cultural venue that will act as new civic landmark within the wider regeneration of Sunderland.

The building will combine a city library for children, young people and adults with performance spaces, exhibition and gallery spaces, a local studies and archives centre, creative labs, spaces for instructed learning and play. A café, roof garden and welcoming social spaces are also incorporated, to creating a ‘living room in the heart of the city’.

Culture House will sit on the south side of Keel Square, acting as a focal point at a key location within the Riverside Sunderland masterplan. The project, which is due to start on site in September, is part of a bid to diversify the city centre economy that was awarded £25,000,000 of funding from the government’s Future High Streets Fund (FHSF).

Culture House Sunderland city cultural hub
image © FaulknerBrowns – Fillippo

Culture House uses a strong sculptural form to create an identifiable landmark within the city centre. The overall mass is carved into smaller blocks in response to the high street setting, with punched openings and towers expressed on the facades facing Keel Square. Further details in brick, masonry and clay reflect the rich material palette of the neighbouring Magistrates Court.

At ground level, a café, food lab and performance/exhibition hall will animate the streetscape and are arranged around an indoor community gathering space. This ‘City Lounge’ will be immersed in audio and visual media from exhibitions, public events and annual festivals.

On the levels above, libraries for children, young people and adults will offer an exciting mix of immersive digital experiences and traditional media. Culture House will also include specialist labs and teaching spaces, including studios for TV, radio and podcasting and an art space. Sunderland’s local history collection, research and event spaces and a rooftop garden will occupy the third floor.

The project will target 900 kgCO2/m2 of embodied carbon for the shell, core and fit out elements and operational carbon in line with RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets, using entirely electric building servicing systems with air source heat pumps and efficient LED lighting.

Culture House Sunderland city cultural hub design
image © FaulknerBrowns – Fillippo

Culture House is expected to attract more than 500,000 visits per year and will act as major catalyst in transforming the city centre into a vibrant and diverse district.

Lee McLaughlin, Partner at FaulknerBrowns Architects, said “We are really proud to see Culture House approved. The project is a key part of the Riverside Sunderland masterplan, on a site that frames the city’s conservation area and holds significant importance in historical and urban terms. Our approach has been to navigate a simple yet flexible architectural language with a civic focus, enhanced by the city’s history of making, a clear commitment to sustainability, whilst linking strongly to both historic and emerging culture.”

Sunderland City Council chief executive, Patrick Melia, said: “Culture House is a staple part of our Riverside Sunderland plan, and I am very much looking forward to seeing it rise from the ground, adding to the magnificent buildings we’re seeing take shape in and around Keel Square.”

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Location: Sunderland, north east England, UK

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