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Turquoise terracotta tower adds to Glasgow’s turbocharged hotel scene

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January 22 2020

Turquoise terracotta tower adds to Glasgow’s turbocharged hotel scene

A hotel bonanza in Glasgow shows no sign of abating with plans brought forward for a further 252-bed venue on St Vincent Street by Artisan Real Estate and Hawkins/Brown.

A fourteen storey four-star hotel is envisaged taking the place of an eighties-era office block at the junction with Pitt Street with the application dovetailing with a start on-site of two further hotels on Clyde Street by the same developer.

Operated by Vienna House the development would cement the grid-iron street pattern of the central conservation area the proposed massing will be offset from the spire of St Columba’s Church via a stepped form to the south, reading as three distinct blocks.

Rationalising the distinctive look of the proposal the architects wrote: “To reference the traditional use of ceramics in Glasgow and some of the tones that characterize the tradition, we propose using a varied palette of green/teal/turquoise terracotta cladding. This will give the building a bold and distinctive character but one rooted in the context of Glasgow.

“The building is conceived as a regular limestone framework, similar to the grid frameworks of the American artist Sol LeWitt, that is eroded to step down to relate to the adjoining built context.”

Set back from the pavement with a publicly accessible podium the potential for a future connection to a possible residential development to the north is accounted for by opening a pedestrian link alongside the church.
 

A before and after view looking east along St Vincent Street
A before and after view looking east along St Vincent Street
A detailed look at the facade articulation
A detailed look at the facade articulation

New residential developments are in the works for plots to the immediate north along Pitt Street
New residential developments are in the works for plots to the immediate north along Pitt Street
The hotel will hug the spire of St Columba's Church
The hotel will hug the spire of St Columba's Church

This prominent corner block will make way for the planned hotel
This prominent corner block will make way for the planned hotel

18 Comments

John
#1 Posted by John on 22 Jan 2020 at 10:40 AM
its ok building all those hotels in Glasgow but the powers at be are not building anything for these visitors to see and do when they are here.
Ross
#2 Posted by Ross on 22 Jan 2020 at 11:28 AM
What a stupid comment. There is a huge amount to see and do in Glasgow!
David
#3 Posted by David on 22 Jan 2020 at 11:41 AM
This looks like it has potential. Any more views of the proposed building from street level?
Urban Realm
#4 Posted by Urban Realm on 22 Jan 2020 at 11:54 AM
I've added a few before and after perspectives. The full set of compass/drone views are available on the d&a statement https://publicaccess.glasgow.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=Q2RUEXEXM7M00
Gandalf the Pink
#5 Posted by Gandalf the Pink on 22 Jan 2020 at 11:57 AM
#1...

One of the worlds busiest music venues - aka The Hydro.
The UK's 2nd best shopping venue.
2 football clubs that attract crowds of 50,000 every home game and dozens of other clubs in the Glasgow and Greater Glasgow area.
The Riverside Museum (European Museum of the year 2013)
Finnieston's restaurant scene.
Summer Sessions.
TRNSMT.
Celtic Connections.
COP26.
Numerous events at the Emirates Arena.
Numerous conferences at the SEC.
World class Universities.

That is just off the top of my head...
engineerjim
#6 Posted by engineerjim on 22 Jan 2020 at 12:06 PM
I agree with 1 but I assume there enough due to the amount of hotels being built, common complaint about Glasgow when I was travelling. about the builting, is it in the wrong direction, surly you want the tallest section facing the main street. so you can make the street look vaster and richer than it is.
Billy
#7 Posted by Billy on 22 Jan 2020 at 12:06 PM
Loads to do. The Kelvingrove, the two cathedrals, the transport museum, GOMA, the People’s palace, the museum of religion, the oldest house in Glasgow, The Science Centre, Pollock House, Tenement House, the Botanic Gardens, the three football stadiums and let’s not forget shopping,the Theatres, the restaurants, the concerts, the necropolis, the architecture by both Charles Rennie and Greek Thompson. Doors open day guided walks are a great way to discover about Glasgow’s city centre buildings and the intricate carvings. The welcome news of more hotels and employment proves that people are attracted to Glasgow as a destination. ...presumably because of what it has to offer.
Soup de Jour
#8 Posted by Soup de Jour on 22 Jan 2020 at 14:30 PM
#1

No need now that journey times by train from Glasgow to the finest Scottish-themed city of its kind are now just over half an hour.

Wee SAndy fae Glesga
#9 Posted by Wee SAndy fae Glesga on 22 Jan 2020 at 18:14 PM
I bet that limestone articulated framework disappears in the first round of VE...
Fitz Hat
#10 Posted by Fitz Hat on 24 Jan 2020 at 08:48 AM
#1 Very unfair. Glasgow has its problems, but a lack of things to do isn't one of them. The hugely successful Celtic Connections is on at the moment, for example.
Billy
#11 Posted by Billy on 24 Jan 2020 at 09:10 AM
Also the comedy festival, the Burrell collection, the Piping championships, the Merchant City festival, Glasgay , West End festival, the Lord provost parade and the continental and Christmas Markets.
Ross
#12 Posted by Ross on 24 Jan 2020 at 09:32 AM
Yes, not to mention Glasgow's music scene, which is pretty much unrivalled in the UK outside of London. We also have the best shopping outside of London and an ever expanding food scene.

I'd take what Glasgow has over a castle any day of the week.
Robin B's Discount
#13 Posted by Robin B's Discount on 24 Jan 2020 at 10:12 AM
Don't forget about the orange walk and the Independence marches. Tourists lap up these things.
Billy
#14 Posted by Billy on 24 Jan 2020 at 10:46 AM
The Tall ship, the two distilleries, Drygate brewery, the Glasgow Tower, the Glasgow Tour Bus , the Waverley, the Dalton fountain. Within travel distance ... the Falkirk Wheel, the Kelpies, Hill House, Dumbarton Rock, New Lanark. Glasgow also probably benefits from the Edinburgh festival with accommodation in the capital under pressure at that time ...less than an hour by train. There are also , iI believe organised tours of Central station and The City chambers.
Momus
#15 Posted by Momus on 25 Jan 2020 at 19:17 PM
Good to see a practice with good design credentials getting an opportunity rather than the usual suspects that place quantity over quality.
IndyNoo
#16 Posted by IndyNoo on 26 Jan 2020 at 14:47 PM
Great to see so many hotels being built in Glasgow. After all, the tourists cannot wait to see the Orange Marches, violence before during and after the Old Firm games, Sectarian gangs, shocking child trafficking in Govan - the constituency of the First Minister etc. All great stuff.

As the famous Billy Connolly once said; the best thing about Glasgow is leaving for Edinburgh.
jimbob tanktop
#17 Posted by jimbob tanktop on 26 Jan 2020 at 15:57 PM
#17
No, he didn't. You said that. To no effect whatsoever.
Ross
#18 Posted by Ross on 27 Jan 2020 at 10:04 AM
Yes, what utter nonsense you constantly comment on IndyNoo - utterly pathetic. Can only assume you live in Edinburgh and seethe at the fact Glasgow has a lot more going for it these days!

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