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Glasgow Architecture : Strathclyde Buildings

Key Contemporary Architectural Developments in west of Scotland

post updated 17 August 2023

Glasgow, once called the Second City of the Empire, has always been a strong trading city. Famous architects that have designed buildings here include Rennie Mackintosh, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers and Zaha Hadid. The city has a strong grid plan and the Merchant City was once the home of Glasgow’s tobacco lords.

Glasgow Buildings

The most celebrated building in the city is undoubtedly the Glasgow School of Art – GSA by Charles Rennie Mackintosh (CRM). However there is much architecture by CRM and Greek Thomson in the city centre that can be visited on foot. If you have more than a day in the city then a visit south to the Burrell and the house for an Art Lover are advised and if for more than two days then a trip one hour west to Hill House by Mackintosh is suggested (e-architect arrange walking and bus tours in the city area and in Edinburgh).

Newer architecture is clustered around Pacific Quay, the old docklands area south east of the city centre but the Merchant City and the area to the west also contain many architectural gems inserted into the historical context. Many visitors find the city reminds them of Chicago, especially the area around St Vincent Street with its massive formal bank buildings from around a century ago.

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Glasgow Science Centre:
Glasgow Buildings
photo © Keith Hunter, from BDP Architects

Ten Key Glasgow Buildings

Strathclyde Building Designs, chronological:

1. St Vincent Street Church
Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson
St Vincent Street Church
image © Adrian Welch
St Vincent Street Church

2. Central Station
Blyth & Cunningham; Rowand Anderson
Central Station Glasgow
picture © Adrian Welch
Central Station Glasgow

3. Glasgow School of Art
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Architect
Glasgow School of Art
photograph : Andrew Lee
Glasgow School of Art

4. Hill House, Helensburgh, north-west of Glasgow
Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Architect
Hill House Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch
Hill House

5. Burrell Museum
Sir Barry Gasson with Brit Andresen, Architect
Burrell Museum
photo © Adrian Welch
Burrell Museum

6. Hunterian Museum
William Whitfield
Hunterian Gallery
photograph © Isabelle Lomholt
Hunterian Museum : interior of a Mackintosh-designed house

7. Homes for the Future
Page & Park Architects; RMJM, Ian Ritchie, Elder & Cannon, Mckeown Alexander, Ushida Findlay, Wren Rutherford ASL, Rick Mather Architects
Homes for the Future
image from architect
Homes for the Future

8. Glasgow Science Centre
Richard Horden Architects; BDP Architects
Glasgow Science Centre
image from architect
Glasgow Science Centre

9. Radisson SAS Hotel
gm+ad architects
glasgow hotel
picture © Andrew Lee
Glasgow Radisson

10. Glasgow Transport Museum
Zaha Hadid Architects
Glasgow Transport Museum
image from architect
Riverside Museum

Homes for the Future
Homes for the Future Glasgow
picture : Andrew Lee © Mckeown Alexander Architects

Recent Glasgow Building News

Scottish Hydro Arena Construction
Scottish Hydro Building Glasgow
photo © Isabelle Lomholt
Scottish Hydro
Major concert hall building designed by Foster + Partners. The building is located adjacent to the dull sheds of the SECC built in the 1980s. “It’s going to be as iconic as its neighbour the Armadillo, and it will play a key role in Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in 2014”.
It is due to open in Sep 2013.

St Peter’s Cardross Planning Application
Cardross Seminary Building
photograph © Niels Lomholt
St Peter’s Seminary Cardross
The planning application has gone in for the landscape-led regeneration of the ruined St Peter’s Seminary building near Glasgow. The project is led by landscape architect erz (Glasgow), working with architect Avanti (building conservation experts from London). It is the latest attempt to find a use for the former seminary. Designed by Gillespie Kidd & Coia in 1966 the building is internationally renowned. 28 Feb

Uaill Training Centre Building
Uaill Training Centre Glasgow
photo courtesy of Kingspan Benchmark and Strathclyde Fire & Rescue
Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Training Centre
This is a new £43m building in Glasgow. It is designed by Scotish architects Cooper Cromar. The building contains lecture rooms, an auditorium and an incident command training suite. Its facade uses brise soleil louvres and black ceramic granite cladding. The building features a curved three storey atrium street.

Location: Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

Key Public Spaces in the city – Glasgow Squares & Parks

Buchanan Street

George Square

Architecture Walking Tours

Glasgow Tours – Walking Tours of the city

Scottish Tour

2014 Commonwealth Games

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