A trip up North…..

I recently embarked on a journey up North to visit a very close friend and fellow architecture student.

I visited her in her home county of Cumbria – situated on the Scottish Borders. Not having travelled this far North before, I prepared to wrap up warm. Cumbria offered an array of historical and modern architecture, different but equally as impressive. Armed with my phone I was able to snap a few photographs of some of the local buildings dotted around the Lake District.

On my travels, I came across this building.

Theatre by the Lakes, Keswick.

Theatre by the Lakes, Keswick.

The Theatre was built in 1999 and is considered the most remote of its’ kind in Britain. It is situated on the beautiful shores of Derwentwater and is worth £6.5 million. Unfortunately, I didn’t get chance to see the interior but the building has an intriguing exterior – made up of a variety of different cladding materials.

The Rheged Centre, Penrith.

The Rheged Centre, Penrith.

Later I happened upon the Rheged Centre which is Britain’s largest grass covered building. It is also Cumbria’s biggest tourist attraction and can support up to 300 visitors. It’s modern interior is surprisingly flooded with light for a building clouded by the landscape.

Lowther Castle, Cumbria.

Lowther Castle, Cumbria.

The Lowther Castle (set in 3000 acres) is currently undergoing restoration work to its north facade and terrace.  It was designed by Robert Smirke and was built between 1806 and 1814 – the height of the romantic movement. Closed in 1937, the building has been deteriorating for many years and the central tower is close to collapse. However, there was light at the end of the tunnel for this beautiful piece of gothic revival architecture, as it has been awarded £65,000 for emergency repair by English Heritage.

Cumbria has a beautiful landscape with a calming atmosphere. The vast mountainous views and lakes made me appreciate the areas natural beauty and made a great backdrop for the architecture. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and hope to return in the near future.


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