Feature:Stars come out in support of Architecture Week 2006

A host of stars will be coming out in support of the 10th anniversary of Architecture Week during a talk and exhibition at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham. The stars will be from the solar system rather than the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The event documents the development of the forthcoming Kielder Observatory using drawings, visualisations and models of the winning design.

The Kielder Observatory exhibition, which runs until 1 July, displays a fabulous insight into a design competition that was ran in conjunction with Kielder Partnership and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It was RIBA’s most popular competition of recent years, attracting over 220 entries, over a quarter of which came in from designers outside of this country. The winning design came from London-based Charles Barclay Architects.

Charles Barclay will be in the region to celebrate Architecture Week by presenting a special talk about his winning design, accompanied by Peter Sharpe - Kielder Partnership’s Art and Architecture Curator. The free talk will take place at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham on Wednesday 21 June between 18.30 and 20.00.

Peter Sharpe, Kielder Partnership Curator, said: "The exhibition and talk offers the public an insight into the process of designing a new and highly specialised building for a unique rural setting. The relationship between structure, context and materiality are investigated through the exhibition and will be broached in more depth during the talk."

The exhibition will be on throughout Architecture Week (except on Sundays) between the hours of 9.00 – 18.00 and will run until 1 July. The free evening talk on 21 June with Charles Barclay and Peter Sharpe (Kielder Partnership) will take place at the Queen’s Hall, Hexham commencing at 18.30.

For further information about the Kielder Partnership including the talk and exhibition please call (01434) 220643.

For further information about Architecture Week in Northumberland please contact Northern Architecture on (0191) 260 2191 or via email [email protected]

Venue address & contact number: Queen’s Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS – (01434) 652477.