Jura Beige Reference Project: Liverpool Museum Cladding
We will start here a series of articles where we analyse some reference projects done by us with Jura Beige limestone. We have been supplying the Jura Beige limestone for a diversity of projects all over the world, from cladding to flooring, interior decoration and much more. We present here and on future articles some of the projects that we consider as reference projects due to its recognition and quality of supply.
The project we present here is called Liverpool Museum, which is a reference museum in the UK and all over the world.
Constructed at a cost of more than $116 million, the Museum of Liverpool is the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for over a century. It is also the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city, reflecting Liverpool’s “global significance” through its unique geography, history and culture.
The museum is located at a noteworthy site within Liverpool, and with this in mind, the design needed to be distinctive while also fitting into the overall context of the area. “Located at the UNESCO World Heritage Site between the Albert Dock and the Pier Head, and next to a row of prominent historic buildings dubbed ‘The Three Graces’ the museum building is conceived as inclined or elevated platforms, gradually forming a sculptural structure.”
The Liverpool Museum project involved the supply of Jura Beige limestone for the exterior cladding.
The exterior of the Liverpool Museum was characterized by geometric panels of Jura limestone from Germany. The Jura Beige limestone was taken from “Layer 17” of the quarry, which is part of the upper section of the site. The stone was furnished with a “Kratzschliff” (scratched) surface finish, and a total of 70,000 square feet of material for the project was supplied.
The design by the architects at 3XN called for the stone panels to be cut into a range of shapes, including elongated triangular shapes for much of the cladding. These triangular pieces required special attention during fabrication. “The technical execution in our factory to do the special diagonal cuts at the long edges [were a challenge]”. In addition to the triangular pieces, the stone panels at the base and around the large window openings was specified in a rectangular format.