3XN’s winning proposal for a new British national museum, the Museum of Liverpool, will establish a dynamic, open and accessible structure that grows out of its riverside site, responding to its historical urban context:
The Museum of Liverpool is to be built at the world famous Liverpool Waterfront. The site is one of the most prominent, located between the Albert Dock and the Pier Head, next to The Three Graces of the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and Harbour Board.
The site falls within the Liverpool’s World Heritage Site which was inscribed by UNESCO in 2004. The building is conceived as inclined or elevated platforms, gradually forming a sculptural structure. It will be fully accessible and will contribute to the pedestrian flows along the waterfront instead of blocking them. Situated next to the Pier Head, the Museum will be visible from both the river and the city.
The Museum of Liverpool will become the world’s leading city history museum, showcasing social history and popular culture, and will look at Britain and the world through the eyes of Liverpool.
It is estimated that the new Museum will attract at least 750.000 visitors on a yearly basis, and that Liverpool, with the Museum as a symbol of the Liverpool’s ongoing regeneration, will be elevated into the front rank of European tourist destinations, as well as providing a brilliant place for local families to find out about their own history.
The Museum will be a focal point of 2008 when Liverpool becomes European Capital of Culture. It is with this impetus that the construction of the building will be complete in 2008 and will thereby become a key attraction of the celebration year. Final completion of the museum with the fitting out of the exhibition spaces and experience theatres will be in 2009.
Address :: Mann Island, Liverpool, UK
Client :: National Museums Liverpool
Awards :: 1st prize in limited competition Dec. 2004, Silver Medal at Miami Bienal 2006, USA
Construction period :: 2005-2008; 2008-2010
Museum completion :: 2010
Size :: 10.000 sqm
Project budget :: £65m
Architect, teamleader :: 3XN / Kim Herforth Nielsen, Bo Boje Larsen, Kim Christiansen
3XN team :: Kim Herforth Nielsen, Thomas Käszner, Michael Kruse, Per Damgaard Sørensen, Kim Christiansen, Martin Musiatowicz, Melanie Zim, Thomas Kranz, Jeanette Due Andersen, Jakob Nielsen, Marianne Els, Morten Mygind, Rikke Zachariassen, Pia Halstrup, Jørgen Søndermark
Engineer :: Buro Happold