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Garriga sisters win Royston Spire contest

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Isabel Garriga and Clara Garriga of Holmes Miller Architects have won the Glasgow Institute of Architects’ competition for a £40,000 overhaul of Royston Spire

Planned for installation later this year, the sisters’ winning scheme will introduce new lighting rings around the 150 year-old spire which illuminate sequentially to mark the hours.

Backed by Rosemount Development Trust, the competition sought a new lighting scheme for the local landmark which is the only surviving part of Townhead - Blochairn Parish Church.

Competition results

First place Isabel and Clara Garriga
Second place Ruggero Lancia
Third place David Tinto
Commended David Buchan and Helen-Anne Love; John Duffy

In a joint statement, the duo said: ‘We are both delighted that we are going to be involved in this exciting project with the local community of Royston and the Rosemount Development Trust.

‘Although we are both practicing architects based in Glasgow we have never had a chance until now to realise one of our main passions which is lighting.’

Explaining their ‘It’s about Time’ proposal, the statement continued: ‘The 12 light rings act as a working clock lighting up sequentially to signify full times such as 1am, 2am and so on. Additionally half the ring lights up on the next hour band to signify 30 minute intervals.

‘We feel It’s about Time to celebrate the tower 150th Anniversary and to bring attention to the Royston area and its active community.’

Winner: Isabel Garriga and Clara Garriga

Winner: Isabel Garriga and Clara Garriga - click to enlarge

Second place was awarded to University of Glasgow post-doctoral researcher Ruggero Lancia while David Tinto of David Tinto Architecture won third place.

Shortlisted entries by John Duffy and by David Buchan and Helen-Anne Love were also commended.

GIA president Michael Dougall said: ‘Judging was an enjoyable process – the high standard of the written and graphic submissions was reinforced by the quality of the presentations.’

He continued: ‘[The winning scheme is] an original take on the brief, a concept which the community could engage with through the understanding of time.’

The winners will now work with the trust to develop the design further.

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