Pictures: World’s largest Titanic attraction in Belfast
This $140m cultural scheme is a strikingly modern homage to the Titanic, located on the site where the ill-fated ship was designed and built.
It is the world’s largest ever Titanic-themed visitor attraction and Northern Ireland’s largest tourism project.
Its six-floors feature nine galleries that reveal the experiences within the Titanic, as well as the maritime history of the city.
The building houses temporary exhibits, a 1,000-seat banqueting suite, education and community facilities, catering and retail space and a basement car park.
The exterior façade, which replicates four 27m-high hulls, is clad in 3,000 individual silver anodized aluminium shards, of which two-thirds are unique in design. It was clad with Novelis 3 mm aluminium J57S.
The shimmering effect is enhanced by reflective pools of water surrounding the base of the structure.
Its interior contains a glass atrium and 1,000-seater banqueting centre Titanic Suite, complete with a 10,000 piece near replica of Titanic’s Grand Staircase.
The entrance level ground floor includes an 18m-high wall covered in sheet metal panels similar in size to those used on the ship’s hull.
Concept design was provided by CivicArts and Eric R Kuhne & Associates, while local Northern Irish Todd Architects worked as lead consultant. Sweett Group provided programme and cost management services.