Thursday, 1 April 2010

Drawing a veil...

Pic nicked, no shame, from Scottish Cinemas website:

The proposed Olympic Tower will be dealt with in another post. For today, I give you this piece of sphericalobjectsspeak, courtesy of Anon:

...However the idea of the memory veil respecting the mass of the old cinema auditorium had been retained and refined.

The architects had wanted to explore the idea of layering and how the building could dissolve into the sky. The veil has the double function of both signifying memory and shielding / screening the office space from the noise of the buses at the West Regent Street terminus. The double skin façade of the office tower would incorporate integral solar shading. The cores of the office tower on the south elevation were not expressed rather they were suppressed behind the curtain wall. The position of the cores assisted the solar shading of the building.

The architects had been influenced by Toyo Ito’s Sendai Mediatheque, and both the new extension to MOMA by Yoshio Taniguchi and Loius Vutton store by Jun Aoki in Manhattan...


Words fail me...  although clearly not those involved.

Proposal for former Odeon Cinema, Glasgow.  Architects: Alan Dunlop, Gordon Murray.

A Touch of Glass?

The former Odeon cinema in Glasgow's Renfield Street has been lying empty for the last two years while developers formulated various plans to capitalise on the building with its distinctive Art Deco frontage. Now the city planners have agreed that all but that facade, which wraps round the corner of the building, will be demolished. In its place will be a huge 11-storey-high glass office block which will dwarf the original frontage. The £100 million building is to be known as "Paramount" after the original name for the cinema on the site...


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