A ceremony was held in Tongeren (Belgium) at the end of May to proclaim the Riverside Museum designed by Zaha Hadid in Glasgow European Museum of the Year 2013.
The award has been assigned annually by the European Museum Forum since 1977 to recognise excellence and promote innovative processes in museums.
40 museums from 21 countries in Europe competed for the 2013 prize; the panel of judges proclaimed Zaha Hadid’s project the winner, noting that the Riverside Museum represents public quality at the highest level.
The museum is concerned with transport and presents a collection of more than 3000 objects. The building stands at the convergence of the River Clyde and the River Kevin, and Zaha Hadid imagines the construction as a tunnel with a metal skin. Visually open at the ends, with floor to ceiling windows, the museum creates a direct link between the city and the River Clyde, and its exhibitions become an integral part of their surroundings and of the connection between the river and the city.
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Glasgow, UK
Images: courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects photography by Iwan Baan, Helene Binet, Hufton + Crow, Alan McAteer