January 24 2013
In the wake of the shambolic George Square design competition a group of young architects have gathered together in order to brainstorm a range of potential alternatives for the contentious squares future.
Hosted by paper+ architects, founded by Anna Gibb and Ross Anderson, the event seeks to invoke a positive and creative response to the depressing air of incompetence which presently pervades the air around City Chambers.
The day long ‘Paper Salon’ event saw a group of young architects take a wander round the current square before drafting their own solutions alongside an invited panel including Alan Dunlop and artist Patricia Cain.
This produced four diverse solutions unencumbered by Glasgow City Council’s brief or the competition process.
In a bold move option three called for the demolition of some or all buildings between the square and Buchanan Street to double the extent of the square at the expense of some of Glasgow’s finest buildings.
Proposal four sees all streets surrounding the square pedestrianised save for George Street with a new unifying paving material laid throughout. The square itself would be dug up to form a sunken amphitheatre which would be linked to the city chamber
Proposal one introduces 20m high mirrored panels to reflect the drama of a square reduced in size to magnify the stature of surrounding buildings. In a play on the contentious plans to relocate a number of historic statues it is proposed that their p
Scheme two sees traffic diverted to neighbouring streets and a pedestrian link established from Buchanan bus station via North Hanover Street. The plans entailed demolition of the Millenium hotel to create a grand entrance to Queen Street Station.
This Sean Gaul penned perspective illustrates the scale of a planned wall of mirrors