Event works with Zaha Hadid on Glasgow museum

Event Communications’ interior and exhibition design plans for the Riverside Museum in Glasgow will incorporate ’art and textile’ exhibits and will avoid running along thematic zones, the consultancy says.

The £74m Zaha Hadiddesigned building is to rehouse the Museum of Transport when it opens next year.

Appointed through a Glasgow City council Tender in 2004, Event Communications was briefed to design a solution ’with no thematic zones’, according to Scott Stanton, designer at the consultancy.

The building opens in spring 2011. Exhibitions in the space will be designed to house ’large collections of set pieces’, Stanton says. He adds that ’individual islands’ may also be incorporated into the display space.

’Elements of art and textiles will be installed around the collections,’ says Stanton.

He adds, ’Media- and graphic-based stories and a number of interactive pieces will also be integrated into the design.’

An in-house audio-visual and curatorial team is working on the development of digital exhibits, according to Event.

The open-plan design of the building means that exhibitions have to be positioned sensitively to avoid noise interference. ’We’re having to be careful with the noisier interactive stories,’ says Stanton.

An elevated mezzanine floor in the central atrium will partly lend itself to further exhibition space.

Described by Zaha Hadid Architects as ’a tunnel-like shed’ that is porous to its context, the open-ended building will abut the River Clyde at one end and the city at the other.

This, the consultancy says, will place the museum in the ’context of its origin and encourage connectivity between its exhibits and their wider context.’

The building will offer a main exhibition space from which visitors can gain an ’external context’, looking out from openings as they pass through the space.


  • Exhibition design – Event Communications
  • Architecture – Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Client – Glasgow City Council

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