Designed by Foster and Partners, the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court transformed the inner courtyard of the British Museum in London into the largest covered public square in Europe. The space is enclosed by a spectacular glass ceiling and has a reading room in its centre. The design was loosely inspired by the roof of the Reichstag in Berlin. A fundamental aspect of the design is that with every step the vista changes, offering visitors a continuously new view of their surroundings. Construction was begun in 1999, and the Great Court was opened on 6 December 2000 by Her Majesty the Queen. A large part of the space (about two hectares) features marble and stone cladding supplied by Savema Spa, Pietrasanta, for an overall area of 15,000 square metres.

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Titolo Queen Elizabeth II Great Court – British Museum
Tipologia Architettura
Data 2000
Luogo Londra (Regno Unito)
Committente British Museum
Architetto/Artista/Designer Foster and Partners (studio di architettura)
Tipo materiale Capri Limestone, Balzac
General Contractor Mace Ltd
Tipologia d’intervento Rivestimenti per interni
Prestatore d’opera Savema Spa

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