Building Titanic Belfast
Welcome to the World's Largest Titanic Visitor Attraction
The main exhibition measures 11,000 sq.m (118,403 sq.ft).
With the underground car park of 520 spaces, the entire building is 14,000 sq.m (150,700 sq.ft).
The façade is clad in several thousand three-dimensional aluminium plates, creating an awe-inspiring visual appearance, further enhanced by reflective pools of water surrounding the base.
The facades lean out at angles of up to 25 degrees, with complicated geometries based on advanced computer aided design.
The crystalline appearance was achieved via three thousand different shaped silver anodized aluminium sheets folded into complicated asymmetrical geometries.
Of the three thousand panels, two thousand are completely unique, while none of the ‘typical’ panels repeat more than twenty times – creating a startlingly random effect, always managing to catch the light, a bit like a cut diamond.
From the central atrium, a series of glass escalators, each in excess of 20 metres long, stretch up through a jagged central void. At first floor height, a timber decked bridge provides access to the start of the Titanic story.
The proximity of the historic Titanic & Olympic Slipways, the Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices, and Hamilton Graving Dock, where the SS Nomadic is now berthed, were central considerations during the design, planning and construction of the project. These heritage elements are more than just Scheduled Historical Monuments and Listed Buildings – they represent a cornerstone of Belfast's collective memory and cultural identity.
Titanic Belfast® - Facts & Figures:
• The total cost of the project was in excess of £100m, a figure comprising the main building contract of £77m, an underground car park, the land value, upgrade of the surrounding public realm - slipways, plaza, roads, services, and 5 years of pre-construction professional fees. It is the most expensive tourism project ever completed in Northern Ireland and was supported by a £60m contribution from the public purse
• In December 2009, Titanic Belfast saw the largest ever concrete pour on the island to form its foundations – 4,200 cubic metres, circa 700 concrete lorry deliveries, one every two minutes for almost 24-hours
• The entire external façade is clad in 3,000 individual silver anodized aluminium shards and will be enhanced by reflective pools of water surrounding the base of the structure
• Titanic Belfast® has the longest freespan escalator on the island. At over 25 metres long, it has 124 steps and provides access to the exhibition
• The entrance level ground floor is 1,796 sq.m (19,332 sq.ft) which includes a 60ft high wall covered in sheet metal panels similar in size to those used on Titanic’s hull
• The ticketing desks are designed to duplicate wooden keel blocks akin to those which Titanic’s massive 46,328 tonnes rested upon in the Titanic Dock
• Titanic Belfast® is twice the size of Belfast City Hall covering 150,700 sq.ft.
• Highest point of the building is 38.5 metres (126 feet) from the plaza level
• External façade replicates four 90ft high hulls
• Titanic Belfast® is located 100 yards in front of where Titanic's hull was launched; to its right is the drawing office where she was designed and to the left is the River Lagan where she first set sail
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