My friend @andybaba and I went for a freezing walk to Glasgow’s Riverside Museum during a spell of rather slippery ice over Christmas. The Riverside Museum was built to replace the city’s outdated Transport Museum complex at the Kelvinhall. Construction work was completed in June last year (2011) and Zaha Hadid architects designed the building. Adjacent to the building sits ‘The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour’ – The Glenlee.
The light was beautiful and because the ground was so icy and wet there was a lot of reflection, which was dazzling and the streets were deserted because it was so cold outside.
We walked for forty-five minutes from Glasgow’s West End along the Kelvin to the Riverside Museum at Glasgow Harbour. It’s here that the Kelvin meets the Clyde. The trip to the museum took us past lots of interesting puddles filled with ice and reflections.
The museum itself was shut over the Christmas break but I much prefer being outside and looking at the building rather than being inside it. I think the best part of being down by the riverside is the peace and quiet. This was exacerbated by the ice on the ground and the general temperature. I think we saw two other people the whole time we were out (they were taking photographs as well). The museum blends in well with the surrounding environment. To the West Glasgow Harbour Terrace, flats sit on the still surface of the Clyde; to the east, the urban buildings of the city fill the skyline. The museum fits here perfectly.
If you’re down by the Clydeside pop down to the museum. The building itself is worth the trip and the views either side of it are stunning. It’s an atmospheric place and a fantastic building.
To find out what’s on at The Riverside Museum check out its website