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GIA reveal Royston Spire competition winner

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June 26 2015

GIA reveal Royston Spire competition winner
The Glasgow Institute of Architects has named Isabel and Clara Garriga of Holmes Miller Architects as winners of its Royston Spire design contest to mark the 150th anniversary of its construction.

Situated at the heart of an area of housing renewal the Victorian landmark is regaining its lost prominence with the demolition of neighbouring tower blocks, the latest of which is scheduled for demolition in the autumn. In tandem with this the Rosemount Community Development Trust sought architects to put forward concepts for a lighting scheme to highlight the spire and four faces of an embedded clock.

In a statement the Garriga's said: "Our concept It’s about Time. The 12 light rings act as a working clock lighting up sequentially to signify full times i.e. 1:00, 2:00 and so on, additionally half the ring lights up on the next hour band to signify 30 minute intervals. We feel It’s about Time to celebrate the tower 150th Anniversary and to bring attention to the Royston area and its active community."

The five shortlisted teams were David Buchan and Helen-Anne Love; David Tinto; Isabel and Clara Garriga; John Duffy and Ruggero Lancia.
David Buchan and Helen-Anne Love's temple of light
David Buchan and Helen-Anne Love's temple of light
Dynamic lighting can be altered on the Garriga's scheme to mark specific occasions
Dynamic lighting can be altered on the Garriga's scheme to mark specific occasions

John Duffy employedl bands of light to pick out key features
John Duffy employedl bands of light to pick out key features
Ruggero Lancia took inspiration from the Oran Mor for this halo
Ruggero Lancia took inspiration from the Oran Mor for this halo

Subtle lighting effects marked out David Tinto's entry
Subtle lighting effects marked out David Tinto's entry

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