Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum is both a physical and psychological landmark on the edge of the River Clyde. A statement loaded with intent and fluidity that anticipates the long overdue revival of the River Clyde’s adjacent wastelands, yet also speaks of the achievements which made this city and river great. Home to Glasgow’s Transport collection, it makes a big impression on the river frontage; its dynamic appearance invites a reaction. I enjoyed photographing the building here as preparations were made to open the doors to the public and have revisited since for a variety of events, workshops and to walk around its perimeter, enjoying its outlook and relationship to the river. Situated where the River Kelvin meets the Clyde on a barren former industrial site, the building references both functional and industrial riverside warehouses, whilst celebrating its contribution to Glasgow’s cityscape in its iconic folds and twists. Enveloping the exhibits, it draws people through its cavernous interior to explore new perceptions of the city, vantage points out into the river, and reflect on Glasgow’s maritime connections. With a new ferry link operating across the river to Govan, The Riverside Museum’s lasting success will surely be its  ability to encourage regeneration and breathe new life to its surroundings and across the water to Govan, a neighbourhood where Glasgow’s shipbuilding pride is firmly engrained in its proud and inventive history, as featured elsewhere on this site.

For those interested a more detailed review can be found in my blog section on this building or by clicking here