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Filename: N060259.jpg

Size: 5412 x 7216 (28.7MB)

Date: 19th July 2005

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Urgency (1-8) 5=normal: 5

Source: English Heritage Images

Job Title: Staff Photographer

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Byker Estate N060259

BYKER ESTATE, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear. Detail of housing block walkways and balconies

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Media ID 542630

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Modern Oblique Residential


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Byker Estate N060259: A Modern Architectural Marvel in Newcastle-upon-Tyne This evocative photograph by James O. Davies captures the unique character of the Byker Estate in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a modern residential development that has become an icon of post-war British architecture. The image showcases the intricate detail of the housing block's walkways and balconies, which are integral elements of the estate's design. The Byker Estate, located in the Byker area of Newcastle, was developed between 1968 and 1977 under the direction of architects Ralph Erskine and Ove Arup. The estate was designed to provide high-quality, affordable housing for local residents, and its innovative layout and design have made it a significant contribution to the field of social housing. The photograph's oblique angle offers a dynamic perspective of the estate, revealing the textured surfaces of the concrete walkways and the intricate patterns of the balconies. The use of naturalistic colors and the play of light and shadow add depth and texture to the image, highlighting the intricacies of the design. The Byker Estate is a prime example of Brutalist architecture, a style that emerged in the post-war period and is characterized by its raw, unadorned surfaces and emphasis on functionality. Despite its controversial reputation, the Byker Estate has been celebrated for its innovative design and its commitment to providing affordable, high-quality housing for its residents. This photograph by James O. Davies offers a glimpse into the unique character of the Byker Estate, showcasing its modernist design and the intricacies of its architecture. It is a testament to the enduring legacy of this important development and its role in shaping the architectural landscape of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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