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Designed by Foster and Partners, the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court transformed the British Museumís inner courtyard into the largest covered public square in Europe. It is a two-acre space enclosed by a spectacular glass roof with the world-famous Reading Room at its centre. The courtyard had been a lost space since 1857. The re-design of the Great Court meant that this hidden space could be seen again.

The design of the Great Court was loosely based on Fosterís concept for the roof of the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany. A key aspect of the design was that with every step in the Great Court the vista changed and allowed the visitor a new view on their surroundings.

Work on the Great Court's magnificent glass and steel roof began in September 1999. The canopy was designed and installed by computer. It was constructed out of 3,312 panes of glass, no two of which are the same.

The Great Court increased public space in the Museum by forty per cent, allowing visitors to move freely around the main floor for the first time in 150 years. On the day this image was taken, I was very lucky with the light.

Thanks for all the C&C's on my p/f so far.

Best wishes.
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:8 Sep 2009 - 11:28 AM
Focal Length:4.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Great Court
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:26 Feb 2012 - 3:59 PM
Tags:Architecture, British museum, Foster & Partners, Glass, Great court, London, Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, Reading room
Votes:39

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2012 - 4:08 PM

Great and fantastic capture,well done,
saeid

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
26 Feb 2012 - 4:11 PM

Beautifully captured with good light and shadows at play. IB

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2012 - 4:14 PM

Wow, wonderful capture. This would fit into TevBatWCC and my 'Patterns' theme beautifully.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41122 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England137 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2012 - 7:04 PM

Lovely bit of light giving some great shadow play.

Dave

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom30 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2012 - 7:05 PM

Great image, nice colours and terrific povGrin
Diane

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twelvemegs
26 Feb 2012 - 9:28 PM

Amazing image Philip.
I like those shadow patterns.

David

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Rende
Rende e2 Member 737 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
26 Feb 2012 - 11:18 PM

Beautiful composition that brings out the sense of scale very well.
Rende

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2012 - 12:49 AM

The shadows have increased the areas interest immensely-- what a super place!

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2012 - 7:12 AM

An amazing construction - great shadows Phil
Helen

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David_Turnbull
David_Turnbull e2 Member 4David_Turnbull vcard United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 - 6:14 PM

A great image. I like the composition. I wanted to visit here on a recent trip to London, but sadly I ran out of time. Perhaps next time? I've been inspired.
Dave

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2012 - 9:57 PM

MC Escher could have drawn your picture.
excellent.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8147 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 7:00 AM

Superb shadows, Philip, well composed and captured. Carol

Last Modified By CarolG at 28 Feb 2012 - 7:02 AM

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luceombra
luceombra e2 Member 327 forum postsluceombra vcard Italy5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 1:34 PM

Brilliant shot. Once again I am wondering how this picture would come out in mono Wink
Al

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
28 Feb 2012 - 2:11 PM

Interesting narrative. Beautifully composed shot showing off that wonderful ceiling and all the shadow detail that is creates. Moira

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10497 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Feb 2012 - 4:33 PM

Have an RC on me for this delightful image.

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Philip_H
Philip_H e2 Member 2Philip_H vcard United Kingdom
28 Feb 2012 - 4:39 PM

Thanks all for my very first RC. GrinGrinGrin

Philip.

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Michaela_Solway
Michaela_Solway e2 Member 4Michaela_Solway vcard
10 Mar 2012 - 8:19 PM

How strange I was on a photogrphy course today, and our tutor had exactly the same image in his p/f, except he only had one figure in it.. I greatly admired it and of course your rendition
Excellent!

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efactsphoto
efactsphoto e2 Member 2efactsphoto vcard Germany3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2012 - 6:56 PM

Just discovered this now.
Stunning shot!
How about a b&w version?

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