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February 16 2012

Construction completes on Sixty7 Hope Street
Construction work has completed, finally, on a long stalled speculative office development on Glasgow’s Hope Street after Allied Irish Bank stepped in to complete work.

Work began on the scheme way back in May 2007, beginning a near five year construction period during which the project architects, gm+ad, split; the original contractor, Chard Construction, went bust and the developer, Rob Hill, sold up to a pension fund.

Now the completed building, originally known as the Copenhagen Building, has been rebranded as Sixty7 Hope Street in a bid to drum up occupier interest.

Comprising a ten storey glazed infill, sandwiched between two Edwardian office blocks, the development boats 65,000sq/ft of contemporary Grade A open plan floorplates.

Only the front facades of the A and B listed Edwardian blocks remain
Only the front facades of the A and B listed Edwardian blocks remain
Tenants are now being sought for the refurbished property
Tenants are now being sought for the refurbished property

32 Comments

PM
#1 Posted by PM on 16 Feb 2012 at 16:11 PM
get that alarm box painted out!
JB
#2 Posted by JB on 17 Feb 2012 at 06:25 AM
#2 Are you supposed to be Gordon Murray in all these tosser Greggs stakebake posts, is that what it is?
AllyMcoist
#3 Posted by AllyMcoist on 17 Feb 2012 at 09:06 AM
who is he?
gmc
#4 Posted by gmc on 17 Feb 2012 at 09:49 AM
I think it looks very sharp indeed. The reflection works too. Well done GMA.
The Liquidator
#5 Posted by The Liquidator on 17 Feb 2012 at 10:03 AM
Well done GMA?
Super Ally 2
#6 Posted by Super Ally 2 on 17 Feb 2012 at 10:12 AM
LOL 6 whatever happend to them!!!
The profession
#7 Posted by The profession on 17 Feb 2012 at 10:52 AM
They were all sensitively looked after.
The Board
#8 Posted by The Board on 17 Feb 2012 at 13:32 PM
Professionals should be Professionals.
sha
#9 Posted by sha on 17 Feb 2012 at 14:15 PM
An elegant scheme.
London-Scott
#10 Posted by London-Scott on 17 Feb 2012 at 17:24 PM
Very sharp indeed. Clever reflection concept - using context.
ooooma thurman, eat yur art aut
#11 Posted by ooooma thurman, eat yur art aut on 18 Feb 2012 at 10:26 AM
'clever reflection concept'

glass. effin genius.
Alan Dunlop
#12 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 18 Feb 2012 at 11:24 AM
mmm...ooooma why don't you "chaps" put your name to your posts, then we can see who we're dealing with ? As for post 4 John Rae, project architect for the Copenhagen Building now Sixty 7 with gm+ad and a talented young architect is due much of the credit for the success of this project. I believe he now works independently.

As for the crass and stupid comments on Gareth's, get a grip right enough.
peers
#13 Posted by peers on 18 Feb 2012 at 13:11 PM
Why are Scottish peers so hard in each other in such difficult times. Be nice!
Pol
#14 Posted by Pol on 18 Feb 2012 at 13:34 PM
@ AD - ooooma here, think you missed the target my statement was pointed at...

believe i'm due some credit for this too :P
Tim Hellstrip
#15 Posted by Tim Hellstrip on 18 Feb 2012 at 14:41 PM
Love this project. Glad to see it is completed. Well done GMA.
Steve Proctor
#16 Posted by Steve Proctor on 18 Feb 2012 at 20:36 PM
Curtain walling and infil very well detailed.
Mr Rodriguez
#17 Posted by Mr Rodriguez on 19 Feb 2012 at 17:08 PM
It that Schucco or Kawneer curtain walling.
Alan Dunlop
#18 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 20 Feb 2012 at 10:04 AM
Schuco, I recollect SFC 85
Sentinel was Schuco FW 50+S

David Cation
#19 Posted by David Cation on 20 Feb 2012 at 13:54 PM
The curtain walling was the Schuco Skyline S65 unitised system. Glass has a Vistatherm solar control coating hence the reflections.
Alan Dunlop
#20 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 20 Feb 2012 at 14:42 PM
hahahaha, getting old........ well it was 5 years ago.
Auld Cynic
#21 Posted by Auld Cynic on 21 Feb 2012 at 11:17 AM
‘Hand drawing represents the stain of the true architect’s soul on paper’

Alan Dunlop

But does it always represent a true exploration of a buildings physical and material qualities when complete, and if not what is the value?

Lets have a look and discuss?
Alan Dunlop
#22 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 21 Feb 2012 at 12:22 PM
I usually avoid responding to people who don't put their names but AC for what it's worth ..........

It's not about building or presentation, it's about thinking, conveying ideas from the brain to the page. As Corb said "drawing leaves less room for lies"

A hand drawing tells you more about the sensitivity and skill of the architect and student of architecture than any cgi. As art, the simplest line drawing always trumps the most worked computer generated image.
GM-Mendelsohn
#23 Posted by GM-Mendelsohn on 21 Feb 2012 at 12:46 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Mendelsohn

Another great example for 'prophetic' sketches I believe. The list goes on. I agree!
Alan Dunlop
#24 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 21 Feb 2012 at 12:55 PM
Well, I'd also add if you can't draw it you should not build it. I think projects like the Riverside Museum go a long way to support this view. It exists as product design, not architecture.
Auld Cynic
#25 Posted by Auld Cynic on 21 Feb 2012 at 13:02 PM
AD not terribly interested in CGI v handrawn myself both have value, but I am interested in the architect’s drawing as a means of communication, either of detail, concept or impression…as process leading to a building.

Thus as there is much talk of drawing, it would be intriguing to see the genesis of 67 Hope Street from sketch to completion.

There is a lovely little book exploring the development of Robert Venturi’s Mothers House. It is to me a genuine exploration of architectural drawing leading to a seminal work of architecture…A work of art if you like?
Alan Dunlop
#26 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 21 Feb 2012 at 13:08 PM
Well, if you come to my masterclass, you'll see exactly that. A project taken from inception to completion through hand drawing only. And before anyone else mentions the £50 cost, again this was not set by me but by HAL and RIAS. It covers food and expenses and is an accredited cpd event. I won't be charging for it and the masterclass will be transmitted to 240 students at XJTLU University in Shanghai. That all costs to set up.
Auld Cynic
#27 Posted by Auld Cynic on 21 Feb 2012 at 13:26 PM
Alan, like yourself, drawing is one of the things I quietly do to earn a living. But I do wish you well with your masterclass.

There is too much slightly banal and image driven architecture out there currently, so its not that I am unsympathetic to your thesis, just wary that the outcome is the same whether its in pixel’s, pen or 6B.
Alan Dunlop
#28 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 21 Feb 2012 at 13:37 PM
I only know that my experience in teaching over the last few years, in the USA, Germany and here and practice that the use of computer has become a substitute for real thinking about craft and the intellectual process and rigour involved in making architecture.

It's easy for a poor student to appear competent using the computer and computer generated imagery, much harder when hand drawing.

That's why I also thing there is resistant to it here and on various other websites.
Auld Cynic
#29 Posted by Auld Cynic on 21 Feb 2012 at 14:11 PM
I have not taught for some time now, and not been a student for considerably longer… but what is apparent to me was is that there are a lot of poor, (inexperienced and exploitative) teachers as well…The two things are irrevocably connected I think?

My own epiphany came not at school, but on my first year of work experience.

It involved countless roll’s of yellow trace, a Caran D’Ache 6B, and some serious conversations about life, idea’s and architecture; with someone who had experienced much of both.

It did not make me an architect overnight, but it did help me understand architecture.
Alan Dunlop
#30 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 21 Feb 2012 at 14:18 PM
Ahhh........yellow trace and 6B's . Now you're talking.

ooctopus
#31 Posted by ooctopus on 21 Feb 2012 at 16:49 PM
Get a room.
JB
#32 Posted by JB on 21 Feb 2012 at 22:27 PM
Good discussion at last.

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