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DETAIL Prize 2012: Riverside Museum
Nominated for DETAIL Prize 2012:
Riverside Museum, Glasgow, Großbritannien
Zaha Hadid Architects
The concept underlying the Riverside Museum – Scotland's museum of transport and travel – in Glasgow by Zaha Hadid Architects essentially derives from its position at the mouth of the River Clyde. The connection between city and river is manifested in the pathway leading through the exhibitions as well as in the dynamism of the building's actual shape. Visitors are guided along a curved wave-shaped line from one open end of the building to the other. The pathway through the museum, the city to the river, functions as a mediator between two poles. According to the architects, it symbolises the way from reality to the exhibit and the link between the city's history and future. The cross-section and the building envelope follow the pattern of the wave. A curving wall made of pre-weathered zinc panels arranged in several arcs surround the unsupported exhibition space. In the interior, the arcs form parallel spatial zones similar to the side aisles of a church but without separating columns. Individual windows allow specific views of the surroundings. Service functions, a reception area, a café as well as a blackbox are accommodated in the outermost sections.