The facade of the British Museum in London, England is already beautiful, but it was inside the museum where I had that “wow face”. The interior of the museum is just awesome, and when you get to know more details about the architecture/design it becomes even more impressive.
The central quadrangle of the museum was redeveloped to a design by Foster and Partners, from a 1970s design by Colin St John Wilson, to become the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, commonly referred to simply as the Great Court, during the late 1990s. It was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.
The court has a tessellated glass roof designed by Buro Happold and executed by Waagner-Biro, covering the entire court and surrounds the original circular British Museum Reading Room in the centre, now a museum. It is the largest covered square in Europe. The glass and steel roof is made up of 4878 unique steel members connected at 1566 unique nodes and 1656 pairs of glass windowpanes making up 6100m2 of glazing – more impressive, each of a unique shape because of the undulating nature of the roof. Controversially, some of the stone in the court is from France.