SPECTRUM BUILDING

WHERE IS IT? In the city centre, three blocks west of Central Station, on the corner of Waterloo Street and Blythswood Street

The Spectrum Building, previously known as Spectrum House, was originally built in the 1960s as an office block. It was redesigned by architecture firm gm+ad in 1999, whose work led it to be dubbed the Tinfoil Building.



The nickname comes from the stainless steel exterior that has undergone the Bright Annealing process to make it so shiny. The front of the building, a sheet of bland glass, inconspicuously hides the sculptured, shiny shape of the building’s east and rear walls.


After gm+ad went into liquidation, the building’s owners drafted Michael Laird Architects to refit the main entrance to make it more appealing. They used timber and natural colours to make the reception and stairwell more welcoming while adding strip lighting to the exterior windows of the curved east wall.



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