Monday, 9 April 2012

The year of the Titanic

In April 1912 the Titanic made its maiden voyage and 100 years later, the Titanic Belfast museum opens in celebration of her construction. The White Star Line ocean liner was originally constructed in the Belfast shipyard and the museum celebrates her craftsmanship and the people who built her. The museun whose exterior resembles that of an iceberg was designed by the Irish architectural firm TODD. The building itself is clad in 3,000 individual silver anodized aluminum shards that required 3D modeling to complete. Although the exterior resembles that of an iceberg its inspiration was based on four 90ft hulls.
Inside, the museum features 9 interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of the Titanic, as well as the city and people which made her. Visitors can explore how the ship was constructed and how it looked and felt to be inside it with the replica interiors from the main stairway to the lavish rooms of the wealthy and the rooms of third class steerage.
TODD Architects employed 3D modeling and Building Information Modeling in order to design the highly efficient building. They are currently seeking BREEAM Excellent status after the museum officially opened on March 31, 2012

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