Project
Buchanan Street

Location
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Completed
2002

Architect
Gillespies

Photographer
Paul Bock

Awards

Award of Merit, IIDA Awards, 2001
Type
Urban

Discipline
Strategy + Branding




Buchanan Street is one of Glasgow’s most famous shopping streets. In 1999 the City of Glasgow initiated a design competition with the aim of regenerating the city’s main pedestrian thoroughfare, contributing to their vision of Glasgow as a Great European City.

Objectives included the creation of a safe but distinctive environment that would demonstrate a strong commitment to good quality design. Speirs + Major’s response was a concept that would clearly mark Buchanan Street out from the surrounding streets that were still lit in orange sodium.

In fact, the design challenged conventional highways lighting practice. We wanted to demonstrate how low levels of lighting and even the use of colour could create a vibrant and uplifting environment, while differentiating the pedestrian and highways routes. This innovative approach using blue coloured light with punctuations of white light resulted in creating a strong identity for the street.

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