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 looks forward to the revival of the Clyde bank’s wastelands and also back at the achievements which made this city and river great. Home to Glasgow’s Transport collection, it makes a big impression on the river frontage and 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, taking in its outlook and relationship to the river. Situated where the River Kelvin meets the Clyde on a barren former industrial site, the building is designed around the exhibits and the great vantage points, out into the river; it draws people through its cavernous interior, and outside to explore new perceptions of the city and the rivers edge, which has got to be a good thing. 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 was originally built and is featured elsewhere on this site.