The Museum of Liverpool designed by 3XN architects is located in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Over the years the city of Liverpool has become known for many things: the sporting abilities of Liverpool and Everton football clubs, the industrial trades down on the docks, and the musical legends the Beatles. 3XN have taken inspiration from the waterside location of the new museum and run with the theme of the local trading ships, working the surrounding industry into the scheme through a selection of gigantic gabled windows.
Central to this inclusive structure is a sculptural staircase – a design choice that fans of 3XN’s work may recognise as a characteristic trait of the practice. The spiralling form is situated in the cavernous atrium into which new visitors will enter, and is regarded by Nielsen as conversation generator. He argues that ‘people speak together when they walk together up or down a staircase’, noting that the gently curving form can eliminate the need for long corridors and optimise spatial efficiency.