Glasgow Science Centre and the Glasgow Tower
Thursday, 6th December 2007 by Alex Turnbull
Built on the site of the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival, the Glasgow Science Centre is a purpose-built facility featuring three floors dedicated to hands-on science in action. Taking the form of a huge, gleaming, titanium crescent overlooking the Clyde, the building is also home to the best-equipped planetarium in the UK.
As if that wasn’t enough, just to the south we can see the silver dome of Scotland’s only IMAX cinema1, which has a screen larger than a 5-a-side football pitch, and a 12,000-watt digital sound system.
Most impressive of all from up here however, is the 127 metre-tall Glasgow Tower. This is the tallest floored building in Scotland, and the tallest building in the world which can rotate through a full 360 degrees!
Technically the tower is actually an aerofoil (like an aeroplane wing stood on one end), which is rotated into the wind by computers – allowing it to be exceptionally slim for its height. Impressive stuff, and I hear the views are not bad too.
Yes, we are deprived. ↩