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mima is a landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects. The gallery looks out across Centre Square, a public space designed by Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects along with landscape architects West 8.

Building work began in January 2004 and mima first opened to the public on 27 January 2007. The building cost £14.2 million, funded by Middlesbrough Council and Arts Council England with support from One NorthEast – SRB and Single Programme, Government Office North East, Northern Rock Foundation and The Foyle Foundation.

The building is 16.5 metres high and 30 x 20 metres in length and depth. The exterior cladding is made from Turkish limestone and the stone floors and stairs are made from Italian slate. The columns in the atrium had to be specially imported from France due to their height.

mima includes five gallery spaces, two project spaces, an education space, a flexible event space, two collection stores, a conservation studio, a café, a shop, a garden and a roof terrace, which includes a purpose built sound space. From the terrace there are unparalleled views across Middlesbrough and the North Yorkshire Moors.

mima commissioned internationally renowned artists Gijs Bakker, Michael Rowe, Andrew Miller, Richard Wright and Graham Gussin to contribute permanent artworks to the building.

mima and Centre Square

centre square (c) Cathal Carey

mima is set within Centre Square, along with Middlesbrough Town Hall, the Civic Centre and the Central Library. Centre Square is the perfect spot to bring a picnic, watch the world go by and enjoy a varied programme of events, from the Mela to BBC Proms in the Park. www.visitmiddlesbrough.com has more information on cultural and community events taking place in Centre Square.

Like mima, Centre Square was designed by Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects, along with landscape architects West 8. The Square covers 19,000 square metres and includes a 120-jet water feature, innovative corten steel walkways and large areas of lawn. The Bottle of Notes, a large steel sculpture by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, was installed in 1993.


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