Turquoise terracotta tower adds to Glasgow’s turbocharged hotel scene
January 22 2020
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.