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​Stelmain’s Top 5 Buildings in Glasgow

19 August 2019

Here at Stelmain, we try to write about anything relevant to our clients or potential clients (any business owner operating in Glasgow). It’s why we’ve written a checklist to choosing an office space in Glasgow and an argument for why Glasgow may be better than Edinburgh for your business. However, we thought we’d do something a little different this time and champion some of our favourite buildings in Glasgow. We operate in one of the greatest cities in the world and we’d like to shout about it! Glasgow’s architecture is particularly impressive and guests to the city are usually surprised and thrilled by the various styles and the overall decadence of many of the buildings. Whole books could be written about Glasgow’s architecture, but we’re operating serviced office space in Glasgow, so we don’t have time to write a whole book, so we’d like to give you our top 5 Glasgow buildings instead!

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

It’s difficult to find a more striking, imposing building in Glasgow than the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This huge red-bricked building rises out of the green backdrop of Kelvingrove Park and it’s perhaps the best example of the Spanish Baroque style in Scotland. This is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, which is fitting, as it houses work from some of the world’s most iconic artists, including Dali, Van Gogh, Titian, and Whistler. This incredible building is a sight to behold at any time, but it is particularly special at night, with its windows lit up red. Haunting or beautiful, or hauntingly beautiful — you decide.

Royal Exchange Square and the GoMA

th century and was once the home of one of Glasgow’s extravagantly rich merchants. Just in front of the GoMA is the famous Duke of Wellington statue with a cone on his head. Three iconic Glasgow elements, all in one place!

The People’s Palace

The People’s Palace can be found in the middle of Glasgow Green, just north of the Clyde and east of Merchant City. This extravagant building was completed just two years before the turn of the 20th century and it is clearly referencing the French Renaissance style. There’s so much to see and appreciate here, but for many the winter gardens greenhouse is the highlight. The People Palace also has a fascinating story, as it was built to improve the health and quality of life of the city’s East End inhabitants. It was designed by engineer Alexander B. McDonald to be a cultural hub for the people, with plant life, reading rooms, and other quality-of-life features.

The Mitchell Library

The Mitchell Library is another true Glasgow landmark. Completed in 1877, the building’s Edwardian Baroque style looks especially impressive lit up at night. It is one of Scotland’s biggest libraries, and the modern Granville entrance contains a café and an auditorium for book readings and even concerts. The Mitchell Library’s bronze dome is perhaps its most impressive feature. You can find the Mitchell Library on North Street, just off Sauchiehall Street, heading towards the West End.

Glasgow City Chambers

Last, but certainly not least, we have Glasgow City Chambers. This decadent building took a long time to build and it was officially opened to the public by Queen Victoria in 1888. Glasgow City Chambers is the best example of Victorian civic architecture in Glasgow (perhaps Scotland) and it was the magnum opus of architect William Young. The Chambers showcases Glasgow’s historic wealth and prowess as one of Europe’s great trading cities. You’ll find influences of Venetian and Spanish design throughout. You can find Glasgow City Chambers in pride of place on George Square.

Obviously, this blog post didn’t contain business advice or news about Glasgow; it was a celebration of Glasgow’s buildings because anyone who lives and works in Glasgow gets to be near these buildings and admire them. Glasgow has a fantastic architectural aesthetic, and any business working here can enjoy that — even if your building is significantly less grand. We might not have offices in Glasgow City Chambers, but our spaces are still very grand. Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to learn more, or perhaps arrange a viewing.

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