Glasgow Riverside Museum by Zaha Hadid
Roofs and Waves
Dächer und Wellen
Des toits et des vagues
On a recent trip to Glasgow, I went - of course - to see Zaha Hadid's
Riverside Museum. As so often in Scotland, the sun played hide and seek with
erveryone, making it difficult to catch the reflections in the dark glass
panels of the riverside front of the museum.
The building being very close to the river, my 35mm lens proved not wide-angeled enough for the photos I would have liked to take, but here are at leat some impressions of the building and its sourroundings.
I assume the roof construction was inspired by the old storage or factory buildings with their zig-zag roof structures, and by the waves of the river and the nearby sea. Maybe the cityscape served as inspiration, too. Contracting these elements in what resembles a swift stroke of the pen, and actually constructing a roof according to this pen stroke is quite daring - and possibly a stroke of genious. Reading the text on Hadid's Website, my intuition on her inspiration seems to be right.
In the following images, you can see the old roof structures, reflected in a window on the side of the building that resembles an image hung on a museum wall. The second one gives an idea of bold line of the museum's roof .
(Click on the images to enlarge)
Having lived in Scotland for two years, I don't even dare to imagine the
wind pressure and the challenges by the tons of rain being blown against the
huge glass façade, but apparently it resists the elements. You get an idea of
the size from the previous and the next picture:
The sailing boat moored in front of the building is part of the museum.
Walking around the front to the right, there is another window that acts like an exhibit hung on the outside of the building.