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Evolution of Argyle Street

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July 25 2008

Evolution of Argyle Street
Demolition works are proceeding apace at Inter City House, a prominent city centre eyesore.  The site is set to be transformed by Evolution House, a contemporary commercial premises by Buccleuch properties and Cooper Cromar, designed to take full advantage of city views from a prominent position terminating the axis of Hope St. A basement level accessed from Oswald St provides 18 parking spaces.

A varied treatment of stone and slate breaks the monotony of curtain walling and successfully details the curved and angular sections of build elements.  A graceful retail curve connecting through to Oswald St, making for an interesting anchor piece at Hope St. Neon accentuated floor levels act as visually impressive consideration of after hours impact. Height is dictated by the prevailing standard in the neighbouring vicinity, disappointing in such a landmark site where opportunity existed to punch above this datum. Building out the available footprint has maximised floorplates but represents lapsed opportunity to punch through to Midland St.

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