Titanic building set to become iconic
The finishing touches have been added to Belfast’s Titanic Signature building, ahead of its grand opening next year, says The Belfast Telegraph.
Eye-catching steel cladding has been used on the futuristic building, which is shaped like a four-cornered star. It comprises four huge structures that have been designed to resemble the bows of the ill-fated liner which it commemorates and make reference to shipping firm White Star Line.
The impressive building may well inspire other architects to use steel cladding on their own future creations.
Inside, the walls and ceilings will be covered in metal cladding which has been distressed to give a corroded effect, echoing Belfast’s great ship building heritage. Six floors and nine interactive galleries will tell the story of Titanic from conception and construction to celebration and devastation.
RMS Titanic was hailed, The Independent says, “a triumph of Edwardian engineering” and was constructed in Belfast before it sailed to Southampton for its one and only fateful voyage in 1912.
Iconic world class tourist attraction
The building of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, however, is as much about looking to the future as remembering the past. It has been claimed that the building, which will house a comprehensive Titanic museum and conferencing facilities, will become an iconic world class tourist attraction, drawing to it people from all over the world. A spokesperson for Northern Ireland Tourist Board said:
“The new centre will rival Paris’s Eiffel Tower and Sydney’s Grand Opera House when it comes to internationally recognised iconic structures,”
The building is scheduled to open in time for Titanic’s centenary in April next year.