Young & Gault detail vision for ‘sculptural’ Glasgow hotel tower
June 26 2019
Young & Gault architects have released further details of their proposal to erect a 20-storey hotel at Glasgow’s Dixon Street.
The 204-bed tower has been brought forward by Citihome with a view to forming a riverfront set-piece would double as a visual anchor for Buchanan Street.
Overcoming a tight footprint by extending upwards the tower seeks to enhance the city’s night-time appearance via a ‘rooftop lantern’ housing a rooftop bar and external viewing terrace, as illustrated in a series of atmospheric photomontages.
In a planning statement, the architects wrote: “We utilise an architectural device of visually stepping the datum lines around the building to respond to the existing and emerging context, thereby creating a unique 3D ‘sculptural’ composition that is locked into this important location.
“Historically where a tall building meets the sky a spire or dome is the celebration. We propose a refined structural glass box lantern to maximise transparency and to be a beacon of light in the wider cityscape.”
Finished in natural stone the tower would be decorated with ‘red oxide’ metal fins below clear glass upper levels housing a publicly accessible entertainment space topped by a cantilevered sky deck.