Southside heritage winners

The Burrell Collection Gallery.
The Burrell Collection Gallery.

Two of the south side’s most iconic public buildings have made it on to a 100-strong A list of the finest architecture in Scotland.

The Burrell Collection gallery and the Tramway Theatre are among the greatest gems of Scottish buildnig design identified by the annual Scotstyle award scheme, which covers buildings launched within the last century.

Of The Tramway the guide says: “Behind its sandstone street façade, the existing shell gives way to humble materials and structuring: cast iron columns and transverse beams support timber roof trusses and walls of clay brick segregate the spaces beneath.

“Zoo Architects consolidated this fabric while inserting new elements to bring life to the building and its purpose. The architects have achieved a fine balance between old and new components, while articulating a harmonious dialogue between both.

“Tramway sets a benchmark for the quirky adaptive re-use of an existing post-industrial building”.

The Burrell - a building which had to be constructed to house the magpie-like art hoard of Sir William Burrell, bequeathed to the city - is described as “an outstanding, bespoke museum of international importance”.

It enthuses: “The parkland setting is a key part of the architectural concept. The project was won in architectural competition in 1971.

“Paradoxically, the design stood out because of its non-rhetorical, low-lying integration with the landscape, a design feature that suggests Scandinavian precedents.

“The design was also a cultural bridgehead – an early example of an ‘iconic’ building that would spearhead Glasgow’s amazing cultural revival during the 1980s and beyond.”

Other buildings making it on to the list include the Scottish Parliament, which famously cost more than £400million, and Rothesay Pavilion.

But the only top ten entry for Glasgow is the Princes Square shopping mall in Buchanan Street, which is said to retain some of the original square’s early Victorian character - although its main attraction is its huge inside-outside glass-covered interior.

Many other buildings across the city dating from the last century are omitted from the guide.

The top 100 feature in a touring exhibition set to come to Glasgow later in the year.