One of the more exciting pieces of modern architecture in Scotland is Glasgow's Riverside Museum which opened in 2011 and which now houses the collection from the previous Glasgow Museum of Transport.
The new Riverside Museum building was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and engineers Buro Happold and is built on a steel framework with metal deckings and clad in zinc. The huge front entrance of the building is faced in smoked glass as you can see here, looking onto the River Clyde and the berth of the Tall Ship. The rest of the structure follows interesting but beautifully simple curves as in this picture. You can see a bird's eye view of the building if you click on Map:view.
And here is a photograph of just one exhibit within the museum of transport - a reconstruction of a typical street scene from the 1920s.
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Nicou (120328) 2014-04-22 7:22
quelle photo avec ces herbes qui se courbent et donnent une autre touche de couleur sueprbe vue et compo quel édifice moderne quel effet graphique et ce pavage et la verrière merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37268) 2014-04-22 7:58
The curves here seem to illustrate some complex mathematical formulas, probably of second or maybe third degree. Even the tile squares contribute to mathematics. The two birches and the brown grass add colours and non-mathematical forms. An interesting note!
holmertz (40049) 2014-04-22 10:21
I appreciate the elegant curves of this interesting building, as well as the colour (or rather lack of). To my mind photos of architecture should preferaby also contain something else, to make them less sterile, and it doesn't necessarily have to be people. The narrow lawn, the trees and the very soft and fluffy looking tufts of some kind of grass bring the necessary colours and, yes, even life.
SnapRJW (30909) 2014-04-22 12:13
Hello John - I recognised this location straight away and love what you have done here. I took a few shots in the rain when we were in Glasgow but none as well thought out as this. The light across the curved wall is lovely and I am impressed too by the sinuous look of wall and curving curb which work so well together. The silver birch and gently bent clumps of grass complete a beautiful, subtle image.
A style and subject quite unusual for you but with an excellent outcome.
Noel_Byrne (23252) 2014-04-22 13:22
I love the elegant sweeping lines of this structure, and the light falling across the scene is really pleasant to show the building in all it's glory. I don't know why, but if I had to guess without your note, I would have placed this building in Norway or Iceland, but in the same light, the building that instantly springs to mind when I see this image is Le Corbusiers Notre Dame de Haut in France. I cannot make any sense of these connections, but l really like that you image has instantly created visions of these sights in my minds eye.
The tree is a perct inclusion to break the potentially harsh effect of all this brushed steel, and the curb leads beautifully into the scene. I'm well pleased to learn of this place through your post, thank you as always!
P.S. thanks for the tips on straightening, I will try this on some of the many wonky stained glass images in my collection :)
macjake (55504) 2014-04-22 15:13
wow, this one caught my attention John.
I would never think this was taken in Glasgow.
Are you sure you didn't time travel to the future again?
it really does have that Space-Futuristic type of feel and look to it.
I love the blue color in the window, looking like a portal to another dimension on the opposite side :)
the vertical compo worked out well too, and you have the perfect ending or beginning with the line exiting out of the bottom right corner. Attention to detail, i appreciate that!
carlo62 (31324) 2014-04-22 16:15
semplice (forse), ma molto efficace, due linee curve, una striscia verde e una bella prospettiva, non dovrebbe essere difficile. Ma allora perchè io non ho fatto una foto simile?
Ok prendo lezione e poi ci rivediamo.
RhodieIke (11740) 2014-04-22 22:06
Some thing different from yourself with this very modern capture of this amazing building.
Your Pov, is spot on leading us in along the kerb, deviating to the wispy grass then onto the green grass, a gander at the Silver Birch. Then bang we are on to this fantastic futuristic looking building in all it's glory.
I love the left window with it's reflections of the pattern's of the cladding distorted some what.
The grey sky compliments, and frame's the image so well at the top.
Awesome, Top marks,Gold Star.
jjcordier (75590) 2014-04-22 22:34
Une composition très graphique mettant bien en valeur ce bâtiment original.
emka (77306) 2014-04-23 0:00
Hi John, In thumbnail it is difficult to guess what it is but then - surprise! Amazing view of this modern museum I find the left side so charming - with delicate birch tree against the steel walls and charming grasses.
WArm regrads MAlgo
willperrett (6712) 2014-04-23 1:29
Lovely graphic shapes here. Proof that Prince Charles has got it all wrong. The silver birch pleasantly breaks up the strong lines of the building. Beautiful composition.
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-23 2:25
This is a quite dramatic composition with everything about it coming together with precision. I enjoy the contrast of the rather futuristic man made structure with the free form of the tree and grasses The sweeping curves are perfectly placed within the vertical format. Very elegant indeed
Thanks for sharing
romanaa (7948) 2014-04-23 13:48
not a usual motif in your gallery this.
I love the simplicity of the shot and the curves that give dynamics to otherwise very calm shot.
Great composition with strong lead in line of the side of the pavement.
rogerl (1544) 2014-04-23 14:03
John, the POV you chose allows the natural lines of the building to be complemented by the curve of the curb, and the tree to the right gives us some scale as well as some much-needed color. This looks like a very interesting building that you've captured well. Thanks.
Tigerlily (3075) 2014-04-24 11:13
This is a perfect photo. Everything is there, superb colour, detail, light control. First class photography.
Didi (56249) 2014-04-24 16:48
Great composition with a good frame quality
Interesting curves and perspective with a nice deep foreground
annjackman (19189) 2014-04-25 2:01
This picture is about those lovely curves and light catching the panels. I am sure that from other viewpoints this would look less artistic so well done for choosing your position well. I love the warmer colour of the formally planted grasses contrasting with the greys and browns. There is plenty to enjoy in this very well crafted image.
Kind Regards, Ann
jhm (138192) 2014-04-28 3:56
Modern bulding but a very difficult effectuation, I know what I say, I have a lot experience during more than fifty year.
Your picture is very well taken out of the perfect angle, on these way see we perfect the construction
Lovely composition, nice depth and perspective.
Very well seen, TFS.
Have a nice day,
rbassin (17535) 2014-05-01 1:26
une magnifique photo d'architecture.
C'est très bien cadré avec l'arbre et les herbes qui contrastent avec l'architecture.
chawax (19206) 2014-05-01 4:39
A lot of simplicity in this shot of a modern architecture. You used very well the wide angle the perspective lines to add depth to the composition. I love the building texture and its gray tones that merge with the cloudy sky. Just a shame you cut the right of the tree.
mjw364 (7338) 2014-05-01 7:20
an image that I was always going to like with its curves and lines and geometrical aspects. One of those that I wish I had taken.
Right up my street.
delpeoples (52999) 2014-05-02 4:58
Now this is a subject we don't often see in your Gallery, that of modern architecture. And you've done a brilliant job with the combination of the wide angle lens, the vertical frame and the lines coming out of the corners and guiding the eye around the image. I love the metallic look, and suspect that this would look really good in B&W too. Superb definition and depth. A fun shot and something you never picture as having been Glaswegian.
jcpix (13550) 2014-05-04 14:52
Your title is about the best descriptive terminology to match the image, the relative simplicity is its strong point. Not only does the design speak for itself in that regard, but your composition to utilize the delicate curve of the retaining "wall" is brilliant, one compliments the other.
There's a subtle, sleek quality about this arrangement, and one that has a great sense of form. I really like the flow of this picture...coming in from the bottom right, leading us into and towards the opposite side of the frame, extending vertical and then returning to the upper right side. A fine example of "less is more." :) Enjoy the new week ahead. All the best.
CLODO (30044) 2014-05-05 1:14
Good morning John
A perfect framing to have a kind of symetry between the building and the pavement; the grass and tree green colors give some more interest, contrasting well with the different hues of light grey.
InasiaJones (31448) 2014-06-09 4:37
Your choice of using a wide angle lens and going vertical amplifies the curvy lines of this minimalist and unconventional building. I also found interesting to have opted for the inclusion of the vegetation, which brings a touch of life in this metallic and cold environment.
Original and unexpected.
worldcitizen (6801) 2014-10-26 11:31
This architecture might be simple, but it's also stunning. I like all the curves; especially the way the curve in the building and that of the small barrier on the ground both dip at the same point, as if to compliment each other. I like the sleek modernity of the design, and the small bits of greenery. One of the windows is catching a reflection of the moody sky, which is also very nice. There must be a lot of great photo ops at this museum.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20012)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-22 5:23