pitcher & piano

Location: Newcastle
Client: Pitcher & Piano
Status: 1997

The Pitcher & Piano was commissioned in the summer of 1995 via competitive interview by the Tyne and Wear Development Corporation and Amec Developments.

“In scale and form this ‘gem’ creates an attractive blend of contemporary detailing and traditional waterside excitement.”
Civic Trust Awards

The initial brief was to design a building shell that would be flexible enough to be fitted out by a number of potential leisure users, yet retain a strong architectural identity.

The language of the building grew out of a consideration of the site. There are two very distinct sides. On the land side a solid sandstone facade reflects the adjacent Quayside buildings, while on the riverside a fully glazed elevation maximises views of the Tyne.

Chris Henderson

Civic Trust Awards - Newcastle upon Tyne
The Architects' Journal - Art of stone
1998 RIBA Award
1998 Civic Trust Award
illustrative site plan
evening view look out over the river tyne
main entrance with sweeping stone elevation
the glowing restaurant at night
exterior facade detail deals with both the river and city elevations
view from across the tyne showing the open and inviting bar frontage
in house model during design development