Monday, March 25, 2013

Glasgow Architect Practice Make Shortlist for RIAS Award

The Ghost of Water Row, an architectural art installation which existed for one night in Govan, has made it to the final 25 nominees for Scotland's most coveted architecture prize. The phantasmagorical structure made of Scottish pale spruce and permeable fabric will be judged against multi-million pound ventures, including Edinburgh's redeveloped Assembly Rooms, when the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) select a 2013 award-winner.

The comparatively modest project by Edo Architecture pays homage to the weaving trade which was established at Water Row in Govan before being replaced by Glasgow's flourishing ship industry in the early 20th century. It was built as part of a community engagement project and coincided with commemorative celebrations for the late Glaswegian sculptor George Wylie. Despite being created on a shoe-string budget, the structure's retrospective emphasis on local history has won favour among the judges who are also inspired by its ambition for a creative future in a site better known for its redevelopment focus than rich cultural heritage.

By encouraging the local community to engage with a bygone time, Edo Architecture hope to raise the ghost of Govan's cultural past. Read more about the project and the history of the site at the links below: