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McInnes Gardner, Ford Showroom, Glasgow

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AFA award for coated or anodised finishes, £1,000

First Ford's futuristic new showroom and workshop not only acts as a distinctive local landmark but marks a change of direction in the design of car dealerships, moving away from the ulitarian tin sheds with gaudy signage which were typical of the 1980s and '90s.

The showroom takes the form of a tilted spinning wheel formed in curved profiled aluminium cladding, while the garage handover bay protrudes dramatically from the masonry walls; an extruded ellipse clad in smooth 'black silver metallic' aluminium Alucobond - aluminum was the only material to offer the flexibility for the shape that the architect required.

A 12m-high blue triangular monolith stands in the small roundabout outside the building, serving as an imposing piece of Ford signage, and also as a kind of sundial spike pointing like an arrow back towards the centre of the showroom drum. This too is made of aluminium composite flat panels.

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