Riverside: Glasgow Musuem of Transport

Had a meeting today to discuss some graphic work I’ll be doing to help with the completion of the new Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport. Its an interesting project exhibition- and architecture-wise, and has been on the go for about 6 or 7 years now, due to complete and open mid-2011. The building was designed by renowned architect Zaha Hadid to replace the old Glasgow Museum of Transport, and Event Communications (the first company who dared to hire The Bird 5 years ago when I arrived in the big smoke!) is responsible for designing the exhibition space and graphics. Cant give away too much more, but see below if you are interested in architecture and design in general…

(Info and images courtesy of http://www.zaha-hadid.com)

PROGRAM:
Exhibition space, cafe, retail and education

CLIENT:
Glasgow City Council

AREA:
Total Area: 11000 m²
Exhibition Area: 7000 m²
Site Area: 22400 m²
Footprint Area: 7800 m²

CONCEPT:
The historical development of the Clyde and the city is a unique legacy; with the site situated where the Kelvin flows into the Clyde the building can flow from the city to the river. In doing so it can symbolise a dynamic relationship where the museum is the voice of both, linking the two sides and allowing the museum to be the transition from one to the other. By doing so the museum places itself in the very context of its origin and encourages connectivity between its exhibits and their wider context.

The building would be a tunnel-like shed, which is open at opposite ends to the city and the Clyde. In doing so it becomes porous to its context on either side. However, the connection from one to the other is where the building diverts to create a journey away from the external context into the world of the exhibits. Here the interior path becomes a mediator between the city and the river which can either be hermetic or porous depending on the exhibition layout. Thus the museum positions itself symbolically and functionally as open and fluid with its engagement of context and content.





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