Hadid to design River Museum
October 15 2004Zaha Hadid’s second Scottish building is to be the new £50m Riverside Museum in Glasgow. Hadid has been chosen over Daniel Libeskind, Will Alsop, Gareth Hoskins Architects, Richard Rogers, Foster and Partners, Grimshaw Architects and Pringle Richards Sharratt to design the replacement for the Transport Museum, on a site where the River Kelvin meets the River Clyde, adjacent to Glasgow Harbour. Event Communications, who have previously worked at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester and Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, will carry out the exhibition design work.
Glasgow City Council leader Charlie Gordon said: \"This was quite clearly a project that captured the imagination of many renowned architects and designers and in Zaha Hadid and Event Communications we have got firms from the top drawer. I am sure that working in partnership with the city council, they will create something world-class.\"
Hadid said: \"Glasgow is one of the best cities in Britain and I think this project is going to be great. It is our second in Scotland, so hopefully this is a good omen.\" Her firm is also in the process of designing the Kirkcaldy Maggie’s Centre.
The design for the museum is currently at the concept stage. Work will begin on site in 2007 and finish in 2009. The Council hopes the museum will attract a million visitors a year.