Glasgow Museum of Transport, Zaha Hadid: Building, images

Glasgow Transport Museum, Kelvinside: Glasgow City Council, Scotland

Museum of Transport Glasgow

Glasgow Riverside Museum - new images 161107

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Glasgow Transport Museum Architects : Zaha Hadid

Glasgow Riverside Museum - new images 180107

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Glasgow Transport Museum: Image © Zaha Hadid Architects 180107

Glasgow, 2004 – 2010
Program: Transport Museum
Client: Glasgow City Council
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Project director: Jim Heverin
Project architect: Johannes Hoffmann
Project team: Matthias Frei, Agnes Koltay, Malca Mizrahi, Tyen Masten, Gemma Douglas, Johannes Hoffmann, Daniel Baerlaecken, Achim Gergen, Christina Beaumont, Markus Planteau, Claudia Wulf, Alasdair Graham, Rebecca Haines-Gadd, Brandon Buck, Naomi Fritz, Liat Muller, Elke Presser, Hinki Wong, Michael Mader.
Competition team: Malca Mizrahi, Michele Pasca di Magliano, Viviana R. Muscettola, Mariana Ibanez, Larissa Henke
Structural engineer: Buro Happold, London – Wolf Mangelsdorf, Andrew Chan, Franck Robert, Tim Kelly
Services: Buro Happold, Glasgow – Scott Baird, George Reilly
Acoustics: Buro Happold, Bath – Lawrence Hughes
Fire safety: FEDRA, Glasgow – Brian Morrell
Cost consultant: Capita Symonds – Eric Gordon
Project management: Capita Symonds – George Webb, John Jackson

Context: 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.

Building: The building is conceived as a sectional extrusion open at opposing ends along a diverted linear path. The cross-sectional outline is a responsive gesture to encapsulating a wave or a ‘pleated’ movement. The outer pleats are enclosed to accommodate the support services and black box exhibits. This leaves the main central space to be column-free and open.

Circulation is through the main exhibition space. Openings are envisaged in the roof and walls as appropriate. It is perceived that there should be views out of the exhibition space. These would allow the visitors to build up a gradual sense of the external context, moving from exhibit to exhibit. All openings would be solar controlled so that total black out could be achieved when required. At the end, with a view of the Clyde and the Kelvin, is the café and corporate entertainment space. These also allow access and overflow into the open courtyard. The end elevation is like the front elevation with an expansive clear glass façade. It has a large overhang to reduce solar exposure to the building interior. It will allow expansive views up and down the Clyde.

Landscape: The landscape is designed to direct the activities surrounding the building. A ring of varying stones slabs creates a shadow path around the building. On the west side the hard surface progresses to a soft landscape of grass to create an informal open courtyard space. A line of trees will be added alongside the existing ferry quay to reduce the exposure of this area to prevailing winds. Along the south side and the east, shallow water pool features are used to give continuity with the river at quay level.

Glasgow Transport Museum - text above from Zaha Hadid Architects 180107

Glasgow Riverside Museum
- new images 201106:
Glasgow building Glasgow Riverside Museum

Zaha Hadid Architects won the Glasgow Transport Museum competition

The Glasgow Museum of Transport Shortlist:
Daniel Libeskind
Foster & Partners
Gareth Hoskins
Grimshaw Architects
Pringle Richards Sharratt
Will Alsop
Zaha Hadid Architects

Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Gareth Hoskins Architects came 2nd and were one of the 3 Transport Museum finalists called for interview

Zaha Hadid Glasgow
Glasgow Transport Museum: Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

The new Transport Museum Glasgow will be a replacement for the Museum currently located at the Kelvin Hall. It is to be built on a site where the River Clyde meets with Glasgow's other main river, the River Kelvin, adjacent to Glasgow Harbour.
Councillor Charlie Gordon is reported as stating that he wants to turn the Glasgow Transport Museum into an "even more popular Transport Museum in an iconic building down by the Clyde". He has achieved his desire for a world - class architect which created controversy earlier this year.
The Glasgow Transport Museum is a key element of the Council's plans for the continued regeneration of the River Clyde. The existing Transport Museum is one of the best-visited in Scotland, attracting around 400,000 people annually.

Zaha Hadid Architects Glasgow
Glasgow Transport Museum: Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

A total of 44 architects and designers had expressed an interest in working on the project, with 3 from Scotland. Three architectural practices and two exhibition design teams made it to the Glasgow Transport Museum Shortlist from which Zaha Hadid was selected. The selection process was assisted by Professor Dugald Cameron, former Principal of Glasgow School of Art.

Contemporary Scottish Building
Glasgow Transport Museum: Image © Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Glasgow
Zaha Hadid has already completed a Scottish building - the Maggies Centre in Kirkcaldy. Hadid has completed other museums including the Rosenthal Centre for Contemporary Arts in Cincinnati, the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Rome and the Phaeno Science Centre in Wolfsburg.

Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Transport Museum Glasgow - Aerial Image © Zaha Hadid

Event Communications were selected to assist. Event Communications worked
on the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and the National Museum of Dubai.
The Riverside Museum project will be funded by Glasgow City Council, with bids being made for external support to a number of agencies including the Heritage Lottery Fund. Start on site for the Zaha Hadid project is programmed for 2007. It is anticipated that the Glasgow Transport Museum will be open to the public by 2009.

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Glasgow Transport Museum Image © Gareth Hoskins Architects

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