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Exhibition: Origins, Narratives and Architecture – designs by Graeme Nicholls

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Rupert Bickersteth enjoys a selection of architectural models at Glasgow’s Lighthouse, which look back at the last decade of work by the emerging Scottish architect

Here at the AJ we always enjoy a good architectural model, the AJ Small Projects awards annually providing us with miniature delights of miniature schemes. So it’s with pleasure that we head, ahem, to The Lighthouse, Glasgow, for an exhibition of designs by Graeme Nicholls: Origins, Narratives and Architecture.

Commissioned by The Lighthouse as part of its programme to showcase emerging creative talent, the small show features no fewer than seven models of speculative projects, research, and competition entries designed by Graeme Nicholls in the decade preceding the setting up of his practice last August.

Full of variety and detail, and presented with monochrome impact, it’s well worth a quick trip for inspiration and excitement. Looking back naturally leads to looking forward and Origins, Narratives and Architecture poses the question: what models (and buildings for that matter) lie as yet unmade in the next decade of Graeme Nicholls Architects’ future?

Ashtree Road facade model by Graeme Nicholls Architects

Ashtree Road facade model by Graeme Nicholls Architects

Source: Lindsey Mackenzie Parker, Mack Photo

Graeme Nicholls says: ‘The exhibition has been a really valuable exercise for me both in terms of consolidating previous works that I have undertaken, and also importantly in being able to apply some of the successful design strategies to our live project at Ashtree Road which is also featured in the show. The large scale 1:25 façade study model for that job seems to be a real crowd pleaser – loads of people having been tweeting or posting photos of it on Instagram. It’s really pleasing to see such positive public reaction to the show.’

Origins, Narratives and Architecture runs until 6 May at the Review Gallery, The Lighthouse, which is housed in Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s former Glasgow Herald building

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