Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Zaha Hadid, Indeed

Welcome to Riverside. This is my new place of work - my office window is the wee grey square to the far right of the building. This is Glasgow's new museum of transport, designed by internationally renown architect, Zaha Hadid. Her work integrates the built environment with the natural typography of the land on which it's built. The shape of the Riverside Museum itself reflects the natural waves and currents of the River Clyde. The South Entrance (in the photo above) literally reflects the water, creating a kind of synergy. I adore the building, but, as with all new things, it has been met with all sorts of criticism - it's a blot on the landscape, another giant cowshed etc.

The best part of Hadid's design, is what she herself refers to as "the jewel in the crown": The Tall Ship, Glenlee - who I actually work for. The 19th century ship looks stunning against such a modern, futuristic backdrop. I love the clash, the awkwardness and, above all, the surprise as you walk through the building, round the corner and then baaam! there she is, taking up the whole expanse of the glass wall.

Photos by Tom Finnie

I've made all this sound rather idylic. Which it will be - once I meet all my crazy deadlines! In the meantime, I apologise for the lack of quality/quantity of posts. Once I get home I'm knackered and can't face looking at a computer screen any longer.

Here's a wee pic of me a few weeks ago, just after we moved in, happy and relaxed, before the weather took a turn for the worse and my workload began cascading out of control.

In good company - some more masterpieces by Hadid.

Zaha Hadid: MAXXI: Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome

Zaha Hadid: Burnham Pavilion

Zaha Hadid: Neil Barrett Flagship Store, Tokyo

Zaha Hadid: Nordpark Railway Stations, Innsbruck, Austria

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  1. I think it looks amazing! I can't wait to come visit :) xx

  2. I am so jealous you get to work there- i am in love with the design, I cannot wait to come and see it, looking gorgeous in the sun Mrs xx PS love the orange, stunning!


  3. I love it! Especially the way it reflects the water in the first photo. A definite improvement on the old building! Can't wait to come and visit :) xx

  4. Very pretty - love all your photos!

  5. This is a supercool building
    Cant wait to go and see it, the ship looks awesome in front of it, far better than just beside the Clydeside expressway!

  6. Wow that building is amazing! What is it you do for a living?

  7. Such a great pic of your perched in the Glasgow sun

    This looks well smart, good luck fir yer new gig

    Sleekit x

  8. luks shit. wizkid scribble


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