The Titanic’s maiden voyage was in April of 1912 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. Irish Architecture firm TODD Architects is responsible for the design of the icy museum, which is clad in 3,000 individual silver anodized aluminum shards, requiring sophisticated 3D modeling to complete. The museum’s volume is meant to resemble four 90 ft high hulls although it eerily looks a bit like an iceberg, which was the cause of the ship’s demise.
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, her launch, the lavish rooms of the wealthy, third class steerage, the timeline of the disaster, and then details about her watery grave. The building will also house temporary exhibits, a 1,000–seat banqueting suite, education and community facilities, catering and retail space and a basement car park. 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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