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.
Check our programme for the Grand Finale of the Festival of Architecture on 18 November in Dundee.
Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) Crazy Golf Architecture Tour is one of more than 400 events taking place across Scotland during 2016 as part of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) organised Festival of Architecture, and a key part of the Scottish Government’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations.
The top ten buildings were announced on Friday 17th August at 6.30pm. You can now vote for your favourite from this top ten (even if you voted previously).
Taking place in Dundee’s spectacular amphitheatre of the Tay, as part of the Light Night celebrations, this fun-filled family event offers lots to see and do.
The city of Dundee is preparing to host the 2016 Festival of Architecture finale this November.Light Nights will bring together a spectacular programme of events centred around the city’s family-friendly Christmas lights switch-on event.
To celebrate the granting of funds to Cake Fest Scotland, a sweet celebration of Scotland’s top 100 architectural masterpieces and forming part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Dyslexia Scotland’s Celia Richardson specially created a ‘£233k’ Madeira cake with home-made jam which she presented at Cowane’s Hospital in Stirling.
Ten American students visiting Scotland on the prestigious US-UK Fulbright exchange program are set to follow in the footsteps of the architectural icon Charles Rennie Mackintosh tomorrow (Friday 29 July).
We're absolutely thrilled to announce our Pop-up Cities Expo attracted a record 115,000 visitors! For the past month, this headline event has drawn crowds to Mound Square in Edinburgh, as it was transformed into a village of city pavilions representing Bergen, Dundee, Rotterdam, Vilnius and host city Edinburgh. Thank you so much to everyone who came along!
During the Festival of Politics on Friday, 19 August, the short list of the Scotstyle top ten Scottish buildings from the past 100 years, was announced.