Thursday 26 November 2015

The Sage


The Sage, Gateshead.

Designed by Norman Foster, the Sage has been open since 2004. It's one of the biggest performing arts venues in the North. It was designed as three separate halls which do not touch, leaving gaps between the walls and ceilings for additional acoustic circulation. Foster then designed a canopy to fit over the top of all the individual rooms and the concourse level, resulting in the unusual shell or cloud shape that can be seen from the outside.

The image above is the view from across the Tyne.

The main entrance

The back entrance, or entrance from the car park

The back of the building

The concourse is always very busy, with people either wandering around or using the café/restaurant


and provides excellent views of the river and Newcastle

the bar area on the first floor

The coloured glass balustrade that runs the length of the concourse was designed by Kate Maestri

The staircase and its elegant lines


Interesting lighting enhances the architecture of the space when it gets dark.

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