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Seven stories

Newcastle upon Tyne

Seven stories

The imaginative Seven Stories building combines old and new to create a dynamic centre for the celebration of children's literature. Designed by GWK Architects.

It combines a growing archive of original material (including manuscripts and illustrations) with a busy programme of exhibitions, story-telling sessions, and schools’ activities. There is also a large bookshop and café. A converted and extended former warehouse in the historic Ouseburn area of central Newcastle upon Tyne, listed at Grade II, has housed this youthful and dynamic organisation since 2005.

The conversion and extension of the warehouse building by GWK Architects is imaginative in its juxtaposition of old and new. The full potential of the warehouse has been extracted by a committed and enthusiastic client and design team, working closely together, and the results are impressive in their high quality, their good value, and their sophistication. Also noteworthy is the client’s achievement in realising this building while simultaneously creating a new organisation and developing the archive collection that is central to its vision.