CROWN STREET

WHERE IS IT? South of the city centre in the Gorbals district, next to the Caledonia Road Free Church

Years after the demolition of the poorly designed Queen Elizabeth slab block of flats, which were erected in 1962 and demolished in 1993, the Scottish Development Agency started work on redeveloping the land.



They hired architecture firm CZWG to come up with a masterplan for the area, dubbed “New Gorbals.” Once the plan was in place, they brought in three of Glasgow’s best-known architecture firms, Page/Park, Elder & Cannon and Hypostyle Architects, to design different phases of the primarily residential scheme on Crown Street, while CZWG designed housing in the adjacent Queen Elizabeth Square.


Of all the buildings, Phases 5 and 6 by Hypostyle is perhaps the most striking. While the buildings rise up like a gate on each side of the main route to the city centre from the south, they also feature eerie busts above the entrances and a giant hanging statue under the main arch. Known as “The Gatekeeper,” it was designed by Matt Baker and Dan Dubowitz, collectively known as Heisenberg. Not only is it one of Glasgow’s largest civic artworks, but also the group’s last, as Dubowitz and Baker chose different artistic paths in 2004.



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