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Finalists revealed in contest to transform Glasgow winter gardens

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Five finalists have been revealed in the ideas contest to regenerate the category A-listed Springburn Winter Gardens in Glasgow

The contest – organised by the Glasgow Institute of Architects’ – sought proposals for a venue ‘where people can gather and share collective memories’ in the winter gardens which have been unused for 30 years.

Glasgow-based City of Play Design, founded by University of Strathclyde graduates Grant Menzies and Bobby Lee, has proposed a labyrinth, outdoor cinema and a cor-ten steel pavilion, while fellow local practice David Tinto Architecture has mooted a moveable ‘memory box’ containing multimedia displays.

Other competing designs include a shelter by Glasgow University post-doctoral researcher Ruggero Lancia with Leonardo Pugin and a ‘summer gardens’ scheme by WAP Architects of Sheffield.

James Hand and Nik Klahre complete the shortlist with their proposal for a series of demountable glass houses inspired by the area’s ‘demolished plant houses and bygone train sheds’.

The building was built by local industrialist James Reid in 1900 but closed in 1985 when Glasgow District Council applied for its demolition due to rising maintenance costs.

A winner will be announced in November.

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