Museum Architechture - National Waterfront Museum
Opened in October 2005, Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau - National Waterfront Museum was designed by award-winning Wilkinson Eyre architects.
It combines the Grade II listed warehouse, former home of the Swansea Maritime & Industrial Museum, with a brand-new building clad in glass and Welsh slate.
Much care was taken by the architects to complement the historic warehouse through materials, structure and overall design. The alignment of the new building follows the curve of a railway marshalling yard that originally serviced the dockside warehouse.
The connecting structure between old and new buildings is strictly aligned on a direct route from Swansea City Centre, along Princess Way to the north of Oystermouth Road, to the dock and sea.
In many ways it feels as if a covered street has been built through the old and new buildings.
The new galleries, designed by BAFTA Interactive Entertainment Award winners Land Design Studio, use extensive interactive computer technology to bring Welsh economic and social history to a 21st Century audience.
The exhibitions are divided into 15 themed sections, combined to form a picture of how Wales came to be a powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution and how that has led to where the country is today.
The breathtaking building also doubles up as an ideal social space to meet friends or relax with a cup of coffee and freshly-made cr�pe.
Situated in the heart of Swansea�s Maritime Quarter, and neighboring a number of cultural destinations such as the Dylan Thomas Centre and Swansea Museum, it really helps to boost the city�s position as a tourism gateway city.