Science Centre.  Again.

Science Centre. Again.

I’ve taken so many photos of this area of redevelopment on the River Clyde, however every time I visit there’s always something slightly different, or an interesting different angle on one of the structures.

This is looking up the centre of the Glasgow Tower, which is over 122m (400ft) tall – enough to see 40 miles away on a clear day. It’s shaped like a giant sideways wing or windvane, and the entire structure is mounted on a massive set of bearings, making it the only structure in the world able to freely rotate 360 degrees.

It rotates quite a lot – the most subtle change in the winds direction will cause it to creep round, which can have amusing consequences.

Sadly the tower has had a fair number of problems, and is still currently closed due to problems with the lift (passengers were trapped for 5 hours in January when the lift stuck half-way up the tower).

August 31, 2005

Comments.

CurlyToes
August 31st, 2005

That’s a really cool idea – a massive windvane building. Cool. Presumably they have some sort of lock down for strong winds though :o )

Like the shot too – the blue and red contrast well.

alan
August 31st, 2005

Actually, am not sure.

From what I can imagine, it’d be alright as long as it can always rotate into the wind – the big problems would occur if it was stuck in position, and had a side-on wind… although I’m no mechanical engineer…

Andy
September 1st, 2005

Great perspective and curves. The dark blue sky is beautiful and the red light makes for a great finishing touch.

Ray
September 8th, 2005

Great angle, love the lighting

owen-b
September 11th, 2005

Excellent colours, wonderful curves and my favourite perspective for tall wierdy structures! Very pleasing :)

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