The Most Horrible Building In Glasgow

[Picture of the blue boxes]JUST LOOK AT THIS HORRIBLE BUILDING … (click on pic. on the right to enlarge)

Can this be The Most Horrible Building In Glasgow? I would say it certainly is. The building (if it can be called that) is two blue boxes. It is NOT a temporary structure – even though it looks like building site portacabins or portaloos. This monstrosity has been there for a great many years, and now I think it is time to get rid of it.

Let’s consider for a moment the context of these blue boxes…

You may be on Sauchiehall Street or visiting the King’s Theatre, and you may well decide to take a stroll around the streets to admire the grand buildings from the time when Glasgow was proud and boastful as the second city of the biggest empire in history.

[Picture of The Approach to the building]

[Picture of the classical neighbour to the blue boxes]

A stroll along Elmbank Street would show some lovely Grand Victorian Classical architecture, such as the old High School building — and you might notice, at the end of the road, the modern skyscraper mirroring the neighbouring buildings. This is a standard way to solve the problem of how to put a modern building into a classical context — just make it mirrored and it will reflect the old architecture beautifully! However, as you walk, you might notice something blue being reflected in the skyscraper down low at the trees — what can this be? You walk past the classical facade of the High School (where the Pitt Street Police Office can be seen through the arch), eager to see what is around the corner…

[Picture of Blue Building] [Picture of Blue Building]

Now, I ask you — seriously — what on earth were they thinking? How could the planning department have allowed this to happen? Why BLUE? These two blue boxes are on Holland Street — but this is their best side, you actually see far more of them from Elmbank Street and reflected in the skyscraper.

Is it so that the building could be found by the public? Nope, this is not a public building — this is the building where the CITRAC traffic cameras are controlled!

In my opinion, I can just about live with the mirrored skyscraper, I am not really a fan of the 1960s tower block on Holland and West George (seen behind the blue boxes in the picture above) , but these blue boxes are definitely bad — they fail to enhance the environment, they create despair and bewilderment and they never can look good in any season or weather. These blue boxes upset passers-by and I can only wonder how the occupants must feel. The building is ugly in itself and even uglier in its context.

Things are getting worse when this sort of thing can happen! It is an insult to the people of this city. Pure and simple.

Advertisements

5 Responses to “The Most Horrible Building In Glasgow”

  1. carole keane Says:

    paddy get in touch!

  2. ALAN Says:

    THE MOST HORRIBLE BUILDING IS THE TALIESMAN IT IS SITUATED ON THE BALGRIE HILL BISHOPBRIGGS GLASGOW ITS NEEDING TAKEN DOWN ITS A HEALTH AND SAFETY HAZZARD THE CHILDREN OF OUR AREA PLAY NEAR IT CAN THE GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL DO SOMTHING ABOUT IT BY REMOVING IT

    • Factor Says:

      That building is horrendous. I actually have a picture of it in my Facebook, it’s so bad.

      The Council should compulsorily purchase, flatten it, sell the site to a Housing Assoc for future development. Job done.

      Having said that, it is rather a good site for a pub. Probably gangland shenanigans put paid to the original.

      Otherwise, Balgrayhill is not *that* bad.

  3. Dave Says:

    How? What’s wrong with it? It’s a lovely big blue thing. You got something against blue things? Would it be better if it were green? Maybe someone should paint it with army camouflage designs so’s it looks like a square bush. Or maybe and old building could be painted on like a trompe l’oeil (yeah, google that). Or how about getting banksie involved? Nuff said.

  4. BruceandCrystal White Says:

    The bogs in Bairds Bar are pretty shyte too.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: