Pictures: World’s largest Titanic attraction in Belfast

This $140m cultural scheme is a strikingly modern homage to the Titanic, located on the site where the ill-fated ship was designed and built.

It is the world’s largest ever Titanic-themed visitor attraction and Northern Ireland’s largest tourism project.

Its six-floors feature nine galleries that reveal the experiences within the Titanic, as well as the maritime history of the city.

The building houses temporary exhibits, a 1,000-seat banqueting suite, education and community facilities, catering and retail space and a basement car park.

The exterior façade, which replicates four 27m-high hulls, is clad in 3,000 individual silver anodized aluminium shards, of which two-thirds are unique in design. It was clad with Novelis 3 mm aluminium J57S.

The shimmering effect is enhanced by reflective pools of water surrounding the base of the structure.

Its interior contains a glass atrium and 1,000-seater banqueting centre Titanic Suite, complete with a 10,000 piece near replica of Titanic’s Grand Staircase.

The entrance level ground floor includes an 18m-high wall covered in sheet metal panels similar in size to those used on the ship’s hull.

Concept design was provided by CivicArts and Eric R Kuhne & Associates, while local Northern Irish Todd Architects worked as lead consultant. Sweett Group provided programme and cost management services.

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