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Hadid Designing Museum in Glasgow


Images Courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid has scooped her second architectural project in Scotland, Glasgow’s $90 million Riverside Museum of transport on the banks of the River Clyde. She has beat more than forty rivals expressing an interest to win over councillors at Glasgow City Council with her design.

Glasgow, which has invited Hadid to lecture on many occasions in the past, is a former European city of architecture and design. The new museum is intended to stand as a monument to 21st century Glasgow, and will be sited at the point where the River Clyde meets the River Kelvin, adjacent to a major urban redevelopment, the Glasgow Harbour site, intended to bring people back to the city. In 2002 Glasgow City Council unveiled a City Plan for regenerating and transforming Clydeside from a post-industrial wasteland into a vibrant corridor of commerce, tourism, leisure and housing. The new Museum is a key element of the Council’s plans for the continued regeneration of the River Clyde. Next door, the Harbour scheme, masterplanned by Kohn Pedersen Fox, is a $900 million waterfront development of 650 new homes, offices, shops and leisure facilities on 120 acres of former dockland. The overall strategy is to connect the Harbour with the surrounding urban fabric.

Charles Gordon, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: ‘This is an important milestone in our proposals to turn a very popular transport museum into a even more popular museum in an iconic building down by the Clyde’. Hadid called her design ‘a postcard view’ at the moment, but the swerving shape of its futuristic model is clearly all about movement. Event Communications, Europe’s largest museum and visitor attraction design firm, will do the exhibition layout.The new transport museum is being funded by the City Council which is now bidding for money from a number of agencies including the Heritage Lottery Fund. The plan is to go on site in 2007, with the intention of opening the new museum by 2009. It will replace the Transport Musem at Kelvinhall in central Glasgow, one of Scotland’s top tourist attractions with 400,000 visitors a year.

Lucy Bullivant