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Case study: Northern Island Science Park, Belfast

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The Queen's Island shipyard in Belfast, famous as the yard that built the Titanic, is being rejuvenated as the Northern Ireland Science Park. Reflecting the site's historic shipbuilding heritage, the first building to go up, the Innovation Centre, was designed by BDP to reflect the Titanic's gigantic scale and lines. The effect of steel sheets used to fabricate the ship's original hull was achieved through a facade of huge steel plates, taken from the Spanwall 2010 stacking cladding system. Black and silver vertical and horizontal gaskets were adapted to further mimic the shipwright theme evident in the construction of the facade.

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