Festival of Architecture Ends on a High Announcing Princes Square as Scotland’s Favourite Building

Princes Square, 34-58 Buchanan Street, Glasgow (Hugh Martin & Partners) 1987

Nestling in the heart of Glasgow’s Style Mile, the iconic and beloved B-listed off-street courtyard was revamped in 1987 to create the luxury, multi-level shopping centre. Architects Hugh Martin & Partners have won numerous awards for their renovation including RIBA Scottish Regional Award for Architecture (1988), the Edinburgh Architectural Association Centenary Medal (1989), and a Civic Trust Award (1989). The brief was to preserve and restore the original buildings but create a modern shopping and dining venue of quality and distinction with an emphasis on style. The distinctive main entrance with giant metal peacock; symmetrical criss-cross escalators and spiral staircases all add to the unique appearance of the building.

The announcement was made during Light Nights, the Festival’s finale event in Dundee, where the city’s oldest and newest buildings (The Steeple and V&A Dundee) were lit and the city by the Tay was illuminated with a lantern parade and fireworks. The Festival of Architecture is a key part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and since its official launch in December 2015, over 1.2million people have attended one or more of the vibrant Festival events taking place across the length and breadth of Scotland including: Scotstyle, Adventures in Space, Cake Fest, Pop-Up Cities Expo, Out of Their Heads, Hinterland and the Ideal Hut Show. Scotstyle is a headline of the Festival of Architecture. The exhibition, documenting Scotland’s top 100 buildings of the past 100 years, has visited over 30 venues (in three separate versions) travelled from Dumfries to Stromness and Kirkcaldy to Stornoway. The exhibition and its accompanying book mark the centenary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), which curated the exhibition and organised the wider Festival. The top 100 building were selected by an expert panel from a list of over 400 nominated by the public. In August the top ten buildings were announced at the Festival of Politics and voting re-opened.

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