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Great Court

By Philip_H
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.

Tags: London Glass Architecture British museum Great court Reading room Queen Elizabeth II Great Court Foster and Partners

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saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
26 Feb 2012 4:08PM
Great and fantastic capture,well done,

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Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2012 4:11PM
Beautifully captured with good light and shadows at play. IB
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2012 4:14PM
Wow, wonderful capture. This would fit into TevBatWCC and my 'Patterns' theme beautifully.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
26 Feb 2012 7:04PM
Lovely bit of light giving some great shadow play.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2012 7:05PM
Great image, nice colours and terrific povGrin
26 Feb 2012 9:28PM
Amazing image Philip.
I like those shadow patterns.

Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
26 Feb 2012 11:18PM
Beautiful composition that brings out the sense of scale very well.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
27 Feb 2012 12:49AM
The shadows have increased the areas interest immensely-- what a super place!
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 7:12AM
An amazing construction - great shadows Phil
27 Feb 2012 6:14PM
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.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
27 Feb 2012 9:57PM
MC Escher could have drawn your picture.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
28 Feb 2012 7:00AM
Superb shadows, Philip, well composed and captured. Carol
luceombra 6 27 5 Italy
28 Feb 2012 1:34PM
Brilliant shot. Once again I am wondering how this picture would come out in mono Wink
moiral 8 12 Scotland
28 Feb 2012 2:11PM
Interesting narrative. Beautifully composed shot showing off that wonderful ceiling and all the shadow detail that is creates. Moira
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
28 Feb 2012 4:33PM
Have an RC on me for this delightful image.
28 Feb 2012 4:39PM
Thanks all for my very first RC. GrinGrinGrin

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
efactsphoto 6 8 3 Germany
19 Mar 2012 6:56PM
Just discovered this now.
Stunning shot!
How about a b&w version?

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