North East Showcase

Iconic landmarks from around the North East come to life with Augmented Reality technology.


One of the most exciting elements of our exhibition is the North East Showcase wall, a giant map highlighting eleven of the region's most impressive buildings. From making cancer treatment feel comfortable to inspiring the next generation of inventors, each building has excelled in its mission to create purpose-built environments for its users. When you visit Future Buildings, you can explore the map through Augmented Reality technology, using the iPads provided or your own smartphone. 

You can read more about the inspiration and architectural team behind each building by clicking on their pages below. 



The brief for the new high tech tombola headquarters was to provide the best possible working environment for employees and maximise the stunning views over the River Wear and beyond to the Port of Sunderland.
The Spanish City is a collection of seaside pleasure buildings and grounds built in 1910 on the Whitley Bay seafront.
Hebburn Central is a district community facility for South Tyneside Council, incorporating a six-lane 25m swimming pool, sports hall, dance studio, library and customer service facilities.
The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, represents a significant shift in approach from conventional public library design.
The North East Futures University Technical College (UTC) is sited at the heart of Newcastle. Immediately behind Newcastle’s Central Station, the new school sits on the site of George Stephenson's Locomotive yard.
Maggie’s Newcastle provides social, emotional and practical support to people with cancer, their families and friends in a calm environment surrounded by nature.
Newcastle University’s flagship Urban Sciences Building houses the School of Computing, provides laboratory and research space to make urban centres more sustainable for future generations.
The design takes inspiration from the moment a ship is launched by the tradition of breaking a bottle of Champagne on the hull.
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, at Once Brewed in Northumberland, opened to the public on 29th July 2017 and has since received acclaim from visitors and Northumberland businesses as a whole.
Newcastle Helix is one of the UK’s largest city centre development sites based on the former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery in Newcastle.
The project is an example where collaboration at both design, digital architecture and engineering levels played an essential role.
We take visitors on a journey through time and explore the building innovations that have transformed the world around us. Future Buildings is part of the Great Exhibition of the North - a free, summer-long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit.


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