3XN architects: museum of liverpool now complete
3XN architects: museum of liverpool now complete 3XN architects: museum of liverpool now complete
jul 14, 2011

3XN architects: museum of liverpool now complete

‘museum of liverpool’ by 3XN architects, liverpool, united kingdom image © philip handforth




the new museum of liverpool by danish practice 3XN architects, is now complete. set to open on july 19, 2011, the structure seeks to establish itself as a nexus that physically connects the harborfront to the city. situated along the mersey river, the dynamic low-rise structure aims to respectfully integrate itself into the historic UNESCO world heritage site it sits upon. drawing from both the current and historical contexts of the area, the design consists of two intersecting forms modeled after the trading ships once prevalent in the area. raised above the ground, the sculpted linear volumes are positioned to frame and highlight prominent elements of the surrounding skyline.

view from parking lot image © philip handforth


principal architect and creative director at 3XN kim herforth nielsen explains, ‘this is one of the largest and most prestigious projects in 3XN’s 25 year history. the museum’s design is a result of a very rigorous process, where it was of utmost priority to listen to the city inhabitants, learn the city’s history and understand the potential of the historical site that the museum now sits upon.’

main entrance image © pete carr


the public plaza leading up to the museum is conceived as a diverse urban environment. serving as a public gathering place, the outdoor space features built in seating and unparalleled views of the water.

view of plaza from entrance image © pete carr

a sweeping spiral staircase leads visitors into the upper-level galleries, defined by perspective views and inclined ceilingsimage © pete carr


the project, which was part of a 2004 invited competition, was handed over to manchester-based AEW architects in 2007, after 3XN was dropped by the museum.

gallery levels image © pete carr

side elevation image © philip handforth

night view image © richard white

view from river image © philip handforth

image © pete carr floor plan / level 0 image courtesy of 3XN architects

floor plan / level 1 image courtesy of 3XN architects

section image courtesy of 3XN architects

section image courtesy of 3XN architects

concept sketch image courtesy of 3XN architects

concept sketch image courtesy of 3XN architects

concept sketch image courtesy of 3XN architects

concept sketch image courtesy of 3XN architects

  • The circular atrium feels weird compared to the rest of the building which is very angular.

    Alex Fut says:
  • it is a pity will alsops scheme for the fourth grace didn’t happen on this site

    steve says:
  • It certainly adds presence to the landscape surrounding d;-)

    Jetwax says:

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