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Farrell reinvents the past in Newcastle

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These are the first images of the Terry Farrell-designed Great North Museum in Newcastle upon Tyne

Previously known as the Hancock Museum, work has been under way to modernise and extend the 1884, Grade II-listed building since 2007.  The £26 million project will open to the public on 23 May. ‘The challenge was to reinvent something that was already there,’ Terry Farrell told the AJ. ‘How do you create
a more open and connected building where before it was cellular and introverted? We aimed to bring a fresh feel like that in the great modern museums to a non-dynamic space.’

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  • Douglas Harding

    Picture 6 is simply the *greatest* elevation I have ever seen. It appears to me that Farrells attempts at creating "a fresh feel" have fallen very flat. It's a shame as there was real potential for a great renovation of the existing building.

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