RADISSON BLU HOTEL
WHERE IS IT? In the city centre on Argyle Street, across from Heilanman's Umbrella and the lower entrance to Central Station
Designed by Glasgow firm gm+ad, who won a competition run by landowners Pelham Developments in 1998, who required a conceivable plan which they could then sell the land on.
The Radisson group spotted a hole in the market, namely a lack of high-quality hotels within the city, and decided to move on the opportunity. However, what was originally conceived as a five-star hotel ultimately became a four-star deluxe.
The characteristic copper screen that faces out onto Argyle Street was seen as a method of keeping within the height and tradition of one of Glasgow’s oldest thoroughfares, a visual trick which could allow the hotel to be built higher while not appearing so. Copper was used due to its proliferate within Glasgow; it is a material that was commonly used when building churches, as well as a number of statues around the city. The screen is connected to the monolithic slate building via a glass atrium, forming an internal street that contains the reception as well as bars and restaurants.
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