The stunning new Titanic Belfast visitor centre has been shortlisted for the International Interior Design of the Year award at LEAF, the leading European Architects Forum, which will be held in Amsterdam at the end of September.
The visitor centre has been designed by Kay Elliott, a Torquay-based architect and the building’s interior features an impressive replica of the iconic ship’s grand staircase which featured in several scenes in James Cameron’s film Titanic. Also included in the visitor centre are nine high-tech interactive galleries, designed to tell the fascinating story of the the doomed ship.
The Titanic made it’s mark on history when it famously hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912, sinking with the loss of more than 1,500 lives. The replica of the oak staircase took over four months to build and was created by specialist joinery firm Oldtown Joinery. Weighing almost four tonnes and made of 10,000 individual parts, the staircase certainly makes an impressive centrepiece to the visitor centre.
However, the Titanic Belfast visitor centre does have it’s critics. The exterior of the building has had very mixed reviews and has been nominated for the 2012 Carbuncle Cup, an award given to the ugliest building of the year.
Posted September 11, 2012