Geoffrey Reid Associates,
World of Glass, St. Helens on Merseyside, 2000

Sport & Wellness, Landscape,


Lancashire is a land of mining, chemical industries and, above all, glass manufacturing: St. Helens on Merseyside has been industrially developed since the late nineteenth century, characterising the local economy, landscape and architecture.

Geoffrey Reid Associates,<br> World of Glass, St. Helens on Merseyside, 2000 The two areas are linked by a glass bridge. The new museum is both solid and transparent; it was constructed using both traditional brick building techniques and innovative glass technologies.
The building harmoniously alternates shadow and light; the exhibition halls are contained in two solid, massive brick buildings linked by a six-metre-high glass pavilion enclosing public spaces ? the restaurant, shopping gallery and information centre.
The entrance hall and ticket office, built on the model of the conical productive structures in which glass is made, is a dark, closed-in space, a prelude to the light, spacious public hall.

The tradition of industrial brick buildings reappears in the two buildings containing the exhibition halls, with their massive sloped walls reinforced by ribbing with a centre-to-centre distance of 1.2 metres.

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