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Glasgow Science Centre – view from the Tower

Posted by Jackie on February 12, 2008

The Science Centre, IMAX and Tower are on the south bank of the Clyde, and in fact the design of the Science Centre reflects the history of the Clyde docks – as you can see it was designed to look like an upturned ship, as this is the part of the docks where ships would come to be upturned and cleaned (if I remember the guide correctly – I’m open to correction though if I got that wrong!).

The IMAX cinema is still the only one in Scotland (it’s been open since 2000), and the Science Centre itself has three floors of interactive exhibits. All three buildings – the cinema, Science Centre and Tower, are linked.

Unfortunately yesterday’s photo was the only decent picture I had of the tower – we’d spent so long at the science centre that it was getting dark before I had the chance to do much photographing of the outside. So I shall just have to go back, as it’s a really striking feature. It’s a really interesting (and award-winning) structure – this link explains all the various facts and figures and is well worth a look. It’s the only building in the world capable of rotating 360 degrees into the prevailing wind, though as it’s designed to stop if the wind gets too strong for safety reasons it doesn’t always rotate the entire way round (the day we went it probably rotated about 270 degrees before it stopped, so I was quite pleased with that). It’s also Scotland’s tallest free-standing building. On a clear day you get a 20+ mile view all round – tomorrow I’ll show you a bit of the view.

6 Responses to “Glasgow Science Centre – view from the Tower”

  1. Jackie, that’s a great photo.

    “It’s the only building in the world capable of rotating 360 degrees into the prevailing wind.” What an amazing thing! Can’t wait to see the the more of the view. 🙂

  2. Lara said

    wow! so sci-fi!

  3. that’s an amazing photo!
    everything looks so futuristic =D

    thanks vor vistiting my blog 🙂

  4. Denton said

    Very cool photo. I hope you did not have to lean out too far to take the photo.

  5. Jackie said

    Thank you everyone! Don’t worry Denton, there’s glass all round so there was no danger of falling. I’m too much of a chicken to lean over anything where there’s not a serious barrier in place!

  6. There’s A view I’ve never seen of the IMAX before, well done

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