mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, is a landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects. Situated in the heart of Middlesbrough, in the North East of England, the gallery looks out across Centre Square, a public space designed by EEA Architects along with West 8. mima first opened to the public on 27 January 2007.
The building includes five gallery spaces, two project spaces, an education space, a flexible event space, two collection stores, a conservation studio, a café, a shop, an impressive roof terrace with views across Middlesbrough and the North Yorkshire Moors, with purpose built sound space, and a garden.
Building work began on 28 January 2004, costing £14.2 million. The building is 16.5 metres high and 30x20 metres in length and depth. The exterior cladding is made from imported Turkish limestone and the stone floors and stairs from imported Italian slate. The columns in the atrium had to be specially imported from France due to their height.
mima commissioned internationally renowned artists Gijs Bakker, Michael Rowe, Andrew Miller, Richard Wright and Graham Gussin to contribute permanent artworks to the building. ""