Daring glass-bottom hotel to bring a touch of drama to the Clyde
June 19 2019
Glasgow’s riverfront is set for further dramatic change with the latest proposals to erect a high-rise hotel capped by a glazed rooftop restaurant - billed as a ’node point’ for Buchanan Street and St Enoch Square.
Diners willing to risk vertigo will be able to ascend to a glass-floored cantilevered balcony hovering above the street 20 floors below, a piece of theatricality aimed at driving interest in the hotel and its environs.
In a planning statement, the practice wrote: “As the pedestrian moves south down Buchanan Street and approaches Saint Enoch Square the proposed building will really come into its own as the facades are richly modelled with deep window reveals.
“The building will be a story in stone and metal, and it will be complemented by a small but refined public realm.”
Particular attention will be placed on illumination to maximise visibility, encouraging pedestrian footfall towards Clyde Street in the process by drawing traffic from surrounding streets toward the neglected waterfront.