The Clyde's 21st Century Renaissance

Previously, “Clydebuilt” was the benchmark for quality in shipbuilding and heavy engineering across the globe. Now, as the Clyde’s riverbanks are rejuvenated for other purposes, a distinctive, futuristic style defines the area once famed for its warehouses and the “helluva bashin” noise of its dockyards.

As our contribution to Doors Open Days 2012, we have selected some of the most significant new architecture - the buildings that have transformed Clyde Waterfront's skyline in the last 15 years.

Find images of all the buildings featured below in our latest image gallery.

Clyde Auditorium (1997)

It has been described as Glasgow's most iconic building, which is quite an accolade given all the other impressive architecture in the city. Designed by Foster & Partners and opened in 1997, the Clyde Auditorium provides conference facilities, concerts and "Reality TV" show auditions, seating up to 3,000 people as part of the SECC. Affectionately known as 'the Armadillo', the design is actually based on a series of interlocking ships' hulls, in reference to the Clyde's shipbuilding heritage.

Glasgow Science Centre (2001)

Opened in June 2001 for a cost of £75 million, Glasgow Science Centre's titanium clad curves house one of Scotland's top visitor attractions. Its architects were Building Design Partnership; the Glasgow Tower was originally designed by Richard Horden, with engineering design by Buro Happold. It was the first major step in the regeneration of Creative Clyde which used to be the bustling port of Prince's Dock until the 1960s but is now home to BBC Scotland, STV, The Hub and Film City Glasgow.

Clyde Arc (2006)

The Clyde Arc, nicknamed the 'Squinty' bridge due to its angle, was the first new road bridge over the Clyde since the Kingston Bridge opened in 1969. Funded by Scottish Enterprise and Glasgow City Council, it added another important link between the south bank of the river and the city centre. Designed by the Halcrow Group and built by civil engineers Edmund Nuttall, pedestrians were able to walk across it two days prior to opening September 2006 as part of "Doors Open Days".

Xscape (2006)

The award winning Xscape created another landmark building at Braehead, beside the shopping centre which is Scotland's most successful retail destination. As well as Britain's longest indoor real snow slope that influences the shape of the building, Xscape includes climbing walls, an aerial assault course, a multiplex cinema, bowling alley and a fantastic choice of bars, restaurants and sports shops. The centre opened in 2006 and recently welcomied its 20 millionth customer.

Titan Crane (1907/2007)

Clydebank's A-listed Titan Crane built by Sir William Arrol was refurbished as a visitor attraction for £3.5 million by Clydebank re-built regeneration company and re-opened in 2007 to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Visitors can learn all about John Brown's former shipyard, previously the biggest employer in the area, where the "Queen" liners and the Royal Yacht Britannia were built, and take the lift 150ft to the top and walk along the jib to enjoy stunning views of the Clyde Waterfront.

BBC Scotland (2007)

The BBC Scotland Headquarters at Pacific Quay was designed by architect David Chipperfield, who created a sheer glass façade, ensuring that the look of the building changes throughout the day, season and viewpoint. A defining feature is an internal, stepped 'street' that rises throughout the entire length of the design, over the three recording studios below, providing break-out spaces for informal meetings. Opened in 2007, BBC Scotland's national broadcasting output comes from here.

Riverside Museum (2011)

Designed by Dame Zaha Hadid, the Riverside Museum has a great waterfront location, opposite Govan and at the mouth of the Kelvin. Since opening in June 2011, not only has it won a clutch of awards but over 1.5 million visitors have flocked to the new home of Glasgow's transport collection and the Tall Ship Glenlee that is moored alongside.  Close by, Yorkhill Quay is one of the Clyde's few remaining historic quaysides, from where many Scots set sail for new lives around the world.

The Hydro (2013)

Under construction is The Hydro, Scotland's 12,000 seat national arena at SECC, which is set to become one of the world's top concert arenas when it opens in September 2013. Built on top of the former Queens Dock, it combines the best of ancient and modern. Designed by architects Foster and Partners, the structure is modelled on a Roman amphitheatre; the skin of the building, however - which will appear to glow at night - is created from a material originally developed for the space industry.

New South Glasgow Hospitals (2015)

Also under construction is the massive £842m New South Glasgow Hospital Campus which is due to complete in 2015.  Designed by Nightingale Associates and being developed by Brookfield Multiplex, the new campus includes an expanded maternity hospital, new 1109-bed adult hospital and a new 240-bed children's hospital together with a state-of-the-art laboratory. Changing the river's skyline, it has as already been shortlisted for the health section of the World Architecture Festival Award.