National Glass Centre, Sunderland

National Glass Centre, Sunderland

As a building, I’ve never really rated the home of the National Glass Centre. I’m not sure whether it ever had any awards or plaudits and it’s main novelty interest seems to be its glass roof (pictured above). The interior has lots of bare concrete that verges on the ‘brutalist’ style and has an unfinished appearance. On the outside, some of the metal is starting to rust badly and other parts collecting ornithological detritus from the pigeons who hang out therein. It certainly could benefit from a spruce up and paint job.
Having said all that, it has some interesting exhibitions and a stunning installation recently called ‘Transition II’ by Magdalene Odundo.
More than 1,000 glass orbs hanging from the ceiling creating a three-dimensional wave… simply stunning!…

Entry is FREE and there are opportunities to see glass-making taking place and a very pleasant eatery. Find out more by visiting:

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