Minerva Street, Holmes Miller Architects

Holmes Miller Minerva Street

The landscape, and neighbourhood of Finnieston with the thriving ‘strip’ of bars, restaurants and artisan shops, continues to attract demand from developers. I can’t remember what occupied this site before (change seems constant around here recently) within the fashionable conservation area of St Vincent Crescent – its curved Victorian streetscape epitomising the capabilities of sandstone, wealth of the Empire, and the elegance of Glasgow’s West End. The way we build today is entirely different, frequently relying on a kit of parts to assemble a building, chosen from catalogues, and price quantified accordingly. The front elevation seen here in late afternoon sunlight uses a restrained palette but clearly illustrates how the use of stone is appropriate to Glasgow; when used well it rises above the render and panels etc used so often in today’s architecture. The material will not become outdated; will not deteriorate anytime soon, and hence will stand the test of time. Glasgow continues to be indebted to its sandstone roots and in my opinion cannot pay enough homage to this legendary material.

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