Ahead of next week’s official opening, we have just received the images of this striking, newly completed Liverpool Museum designed by the Copenhagen-based practice 3XN. The museum, which will open its doors to the public on 19.07 is the largest museum built in the UK for over a century and the bold geometric structure is situated by the Mersey River, on a UNESCO World Heritage Site next to Liverpool’s famous waterfront buildings: the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the former offices of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, also known as ‘Three Graces’.
‘The new Museum of Liverpool, opening on July 19th will not only tell the story of its importance as one of the World’s great ports or about its cultural influence, such as with the Beatles phenomenon. It will also serve as a meeting point for History, the People of Liverpool and visitors from around the globe. Therefore, according to the Architect, Kim Herforth Nielsen, the structure functions as much more than just a Building or a Museum. ‘
‘This is one of the largest and most prestigious projects in 3XN’s 25 year history. The Museum’s design is a result of a very rigorous process, where it was of utmost priority to listen to the city inhabitants, learn the city’s history and understand the potential of the historical site that the Museum now sits upon.’
‘The result is a dynamic low-rise structure which enters into a respectful dialogue with the harbour promenade’s taller historical buildings. This interaction facilitates a modern and lively urban space. The design is reminiscent of the trading ships which at one time dominated the harbour, while the façade’s relief pattern puts forward a new interpretation of the historical architectural detail in the ‘Three Graces.’The enormous gabled windows open up towards the City and the Harbour, and therefore symbolically draw history into the Museum, while at the same time allow the curious to look in.’