Glasgow Scraps Plan for Europe’s Largest Demolition

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UPDATE: The Guardian reports that the plans to demolish the Red Road Flats during the Commonwealth Games have been scrapped due to concerns over public safety. The following news was originally published as “ to Demolish Iconic Modern Towers in Europe’s Largest Demolition” on April 10th, 2014.

To mark the arrival of the Commonwealth Games in July, Glasgow is planning a twist on the usual opening ceremony: the customary fireworks are going to be replaced with explosives of an altogether different kind, as the demolition of all but one of the remaining Red Road Flats buildings will be broadcast live into the stadium.

The demolition of the five 30-story buildings will take 15 seconds and will be the largest ever attempted in Europe, according to the organizers. According to Games Organizer Eileen Gallagher, including the demolition as part of the opening ceremony shows that Glasgow is “a city that is proud of its history but doesn’t stand still, a city that is constantly regenerating, renewing and re-inventing itself.”

International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture

Next Month, the Mackintosh School of Architecture (The School of Art) will host its first International Symposium for Social and Humanitarian Architecture, ‘Clean Conscience Dirty Hands’, in the new Reid Building by Steven Holl Architects. The symposium focuses on the limited resources intrinsic to the provision of social and humanitarian architecture and the impact of such scarcity on the ability of organisations to ‘harness’ the learning from each built project through documentation, discussion and dissemination. As such, it seeks to provide both a locus and a forum for like-minded organisations engaged in social and humanitarian building projects, in order to capture and disseminate good practice in both a -based and overseas context.

International and award-winning speakers representing a multitude of organisations, including MASS Design Group, TYIN Tegnestue, Architecture for Humanity, London Metropolitan University, Peter Rich Architects and Orkidstudio will gather to discuss a range of ideas relating to one of the three topics broadly covered by the symposium:

Seona Reid Building / Steven Holl Architects

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Architects: Steven Holl Architects
Location: The , 167 Renfrew Street, , City G3 6RQ
Partners In Charge: Chris McVoy, Noah Yaffe
Project Architect: Dominik Sigg
Area: 11250.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Iwan Baan, Chris McVoy

Laboratorio Espresso / DO-Architecture

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Architects: DO-Architecture
Location: 93 West Nile Street, , UK
Area: 30 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Wood Photowork

Dalmarnock Station / ATKINS

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Architects: ATKINS
Location: Dalmarnock, ,
Area: 600 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Lee

Zaha Hadid Wins European Museum of the Year Award for Riverside

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Riverside Museum in , Scotland, has won the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) for it’s ability to “demonstrate brilliantly how a specialist transport collection can renew its relevance through active engagement with the wider social and universal issues.”

Out of 40 museums from across 21 European countries, the jury agreed unanimously that ZHA’s Riverside Museum fulfilled the EMYA criteria of ‘public quality’ at the highest level. 

Speirs Locks Student Campus Proposal / Stallan-Brand

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The proposal for the Speirs Locks Student Campus masterplan by Stallan-Brand seeks to integrate existing structures of merit and to introduce new public spaces around them. The retention of an old glue factory as a gallery and historic walls capture the site’s industrial past. The retention of an existing ornate brick wall, once the ground floor of the City Council Cleansing Department, is used to define a new public space, creating a unique arrival and provide the adjacent studio spaces with an appropriate external display space. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Glasgow Theatre Redesign Winning Proposal / Bennetts Associates

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Bennetts Associates, one of the ’s leading architectural practices, was just selected by the Citizens Theatre to work on the plans for a major redevelopment of its iconic Gorbals home. This will be the most comprehensive redevelopment of the building since it opened as a theatre in 1878. The planned capital project will transform the building creating a new vision for improved rehearsal, administration and learning accommodation, as well as improved facilities for the public. More images and architects‘ description after the break.

George Square Controversy

George Square Competition Entry / John McAslan + Partners

There has been some controversy over the past few months for the George Square redesign in , , since we last announced the six shortlisted architecture firms in December.  Following the submission and assessment by a jury in January, the project went through an upheaval when Labour leader of the Glasgow City Council, Gordon Matheson announced that the submitted designs would be scrapped in favor of a “facelift” for the square.  Numerous reports on the Herald Scotland present conflicting arguments for the turn of events and the abrupt change in plans have left the council, jury, design firms and the public in discontent.  It is unclear what the status of the project is today, but for the moment it is on hold as the council discusses ways in which to proceed.

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George Square Redevelopment: Six Firms Shortlisted

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Six firms, Agence Ter (France), Burns + Nice (UK), Gustafson Porter (UK), James Corner Field Operations (USA), jmarchitects (UK), and John McAslan & Partners (UK), were recently shortlisted in the project for a major redevelopment of George Square in the heart of Glasgow, . The 13 statues and monuments that stand in the square are to be moved to other sites in the city while the area is given a makeover ahead of the 2014 . Planned to submit their plans by the new year, the six designs submitted to Glasgow City Council will be put on public display at the Lighthouse in early January. The design competition winner will then have the prestigious task of redeveloping the square to further enhance Glasgow’s reputation as an international city.

OMA’s Maggie’s Gartnavel wins 2012 Doolin prize

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The RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in ) has announced as the tenth recipient of the prestigious Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for the firm’s “welcoming, light and spacious” design of Maggie’s Gartnavel in Glasgow.

Serving as an exemplar for alternative healthcare design, OMA’s single story composition for the cancer care center laces together a series of interlocking rectangular spaces that form around a lush courtyard. Transparent walls of the building’s light-filled interior promenade connect patients directly to nature, as the building accommodates for the complex needs of the facility by providing spaces of interaction, personal privacy, and discrete counseling rooms, along with private nooks and corners. A notable characteristic of Maggie’s Gartnavel is the rich use of materials, from the flush inlaid timber and concrete ceiling to the simplistic concrete exterior and expansive floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

OMA generously donated their £25,000 prize to the Maggie’s Cancer Care Center.

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The first Red Road Tower Block has been Demolished

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Nearly 275 kilos of explosives brought down the first Red Road tower block this past weekend, marking the beginning of a controlled demolition process that will completely remove the infamous residential complex from the skyline by 2017. In a response to the post-war housing crisis, the Housing Association (GHA) flats were constructed between 1964 and 1969 in an effort to provide the ultimate modern community for almost 5000 residents.

Continue reading for more on the iconic Red Road flats and a video of the demolition.

Riverside Museum Wins European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012 / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Attracting more than 1.4 million visitors since opening in June, the Riverside Museum, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, recently won the European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012. Named the most innovative museum in the fields of technology, labor and social history, Riverside competed against museums in 12 other European countries to win the 17th annual award. More information on the award after the break.

Stobhill Hospital Ward Extension / Reiach and Hall Architects

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Architects: Reiach and Hall Architects
Location: Glasgow,
Structural Engineers: SKM
Quantity Surveyor: Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd
CDM Co-Ordinator: Capita Symonds
Landscape Architect: Horner + MacLennan
Acoustic Consultant: New Acoustics
M&E Engineer: DSSR
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 6000 sqm
Photographs: Michael Wolchover

Video: Maggie Gartnaval by OMA

This exclusive video of OMA’s Maggie’s Centre by BD online features partner Ellen van Loon discussing the design for the cancer care center. Led by Partners and Ellen van Loon with Associate-in-charge Richard Hollington the Maggie Gartnaval center located in Glasgow opened today.

Ellen van Loon shared, “I enjoyed designing such an exceptional environment with this very dedicated and inspired team of designers and contractors. The sequence of spaces is an interplay of openness, retreat and support to underpin the Maggie’s programme.”

OMA designed Maggie Gartnaval Opens Today

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Today marks the opening of Maggie’s Gartnaval, a new center for the charity located on the ground of Gartnaval Royal Infirmary in Glasgow, Scotland. Designed by OMA, the center aims to provide emotional and psychological support to those affected by cancer in the greater Glasgow area.

commented, “We were touched to be asked to design a Maggie’s Centre, and invigorated by the opportunity to work on a completely different scale, with different ambitions, and in a different environment. Maggie’s is so unique and urgent among the projects we are working on.”

Over 500,000 visitors to the Riverside Museum in its First Weeks

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In June we shared with you a first look at Zaha Hadid Architects‘ Riverside Museum in , . Opened officially on June 21st the museum in a short seven week time period has already welcomed over half a million visitors!

“It is wonderful to see that the new museum has captured everyone’s imagination,” said Zaha Hadid. “Such passion for innovation and discovery from all members of the community is very exciting.”

“The Riverside Museum has been a huge hit since the day it opened to the public. We knew just how much visitors loved the old Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall but even so, the reaction to the Riverside Museum has been phenomenal. The feedback from people has been overwhelmingly positive and we are already seeing visitors returning time and again to enjoy Glasgow’s latest attraction,” shared Councillor Gordon Matheson.

More about the Riverside Museum, photographs and drawings following the break.

A First Glance at Zaha Hadid’s Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport

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Here is the first look at Zaha Hadid Architects latest project, Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport. Slated to officially open later this week the museum in Glasgow, has 7,000 sqm of exhibition area and also includes cafe, retail and education spaces within its program. Following the break are more photographs and description.