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Glasgow office building awarded top architecture prize

6 December 2013 No Comment

Glasgow’s South Block building has been named the ‘Best Building in Scotland’ by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

According to bbc.co.uk, the Edwardian building was recently transformed from open plan factory spaces into affordable studios for artists and art groups to use.

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Renovation of existing building with extraordinary rigour

The judges were so taken aback by the £3.5 million renovation, Nord Architecture was awarded a gold medal and cheque for £25,000. They commented:

“Nord has crafted and choreographed the renovation of this existing building with extraordinary rigour. With great sensitivity and the slimmest of budgets, the architects have produced a specific environment for creative industries.

“Normally office buildings speak of generic environments. Here, within a tailored set of spaces, interaction and the promise of collaboration is easy to imagine.”

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Glasgow’s South Block now belongs to Wasps Studios – the charity that provides the studios. Since launching early last year, the building is home to almost 100 artists, reports scotsman.com.

South Block beat 12 other shortlisted developments to the prize, which were narrowed down from 75 entries. Other strong contenders included a multi-million pound arts centre in Shetland, a new high school in Fife, a refurbished Aberdeen University library and a group of new residential homes in Glasgow.

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