Glasgow Scotland is situated on the River Clyde and is a historic and post-industrial city that is internationally known for successful urban renewal (10). Once home to a wide range of heavy industries, including ship-building, locomotive construction and engineering, Glasgow was known as the Second City of the British Empire during the 19th century. An industrial powerhouse, the first commercial steamship was launched on the River Clyde in 1812. Read more about Glasgow’s history and riverfront redevelopments at Clyde Waterfont
The Riverside Museum is Scotland’s transportation museum, and detail’s Glasgow’s rich history as the maritime powerhouse of Scotland. The iconic, award-winning building was designed by Zaha Hadid and was completed in June 2011.
The building concept, as described by Zaha Hadid’s website:
“The building, open at opposite ends, has a tunnel-like configuration between the city and the Clyde. However, within this connection between the city and river, the building diverts to create a journey away from its external context into the world of the exhibits.”
As you may notice from the photo above, the museum and riverfront are disconnected from the fabric of the city by a highway. There is a riverfront path accessible by pedestrian bridges.
The museum’s site design includes outdoor exhibits featuring vintage posters from voyages and cruises that departed from Glasgow:
The photo above is also a view toward the new riverfront district that is building up along the banks of the River Clyde. Visible buildings include the tower at Glasgow’s Science Center, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center, The Crown Plaza Glasgow, and the SSE Hydro arena