Doors Open Days 2018 celebrates architecture in all its forms - from the very ancient to ultra-modern, well-loved to little-known. Enjoy free access to buildings you wouldn’t normally get into as well as special events at public buildings.
Some this of this year's buildings are designed by RIAS Members, including:
CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS: Housed in the Grecian Chambers, a category A listed building, designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson in 1867 to 1868 and substantially renovated for its present use by Page & Park in 1998. Tour dates and and booking info here: http://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/centre-for-contemporary-arts.html
GEORGE SQUARE: Enjoy an exclusive architect led tour by Graham Forsyth from Cooper Cromar to hear about the inspiration behind the redevelopment of this Grade A listed former General Post Office Building. Tour dates and and booking info here: http://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/g1georgesquare.html
THE GARMENT FACTORY: Originally designed by the prolific Glasgow architect James Thomson. The Garment Factory received the RIAS / Historic Environment Scotland Conservation and Climate Change Award 2018 for Morgan McDonnell’s design and refurbishment work undertaken on this important Mercantile building. Tour dates and and booking info here: http://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/thegarmentfactory.html
GLASGOW CITY MISSION: Elder & Cannon Tour dates and booking info here: http://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/glasgowcitymission.html
ST ANDREWS CATHEDRAL: Page/Park
St. Andrew’s Chapel was built in 1814 – 1817 by the architect James Gillespie. New life has been breathed into the Cathedral and new space has been created by Page/Park to allow the building to flourish into the 21st Century. Tour dates and booking info here: http://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/standrewsmetropolitancathedral.html
THEATRE ROYAL: Page/Park. The foyer extension for Scottish Opera at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal was focused on creating a transformational experience for audiences, encouraging wider community engagement and building a sustainable business for the future. Tour dates and booking info here: http://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/theatreroyal.html
GREYFRIARS GARDEN: designed by ERZ Architects. Interpretation Face by ZM Architecture This tranquil and magical oasis in the Merchant City is a modern garden on a medieval site. Home to raised beds, greenhouses, a wildflower meadow and a picnic space. Tour dates and booking info here: http://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/greyfriarsgarden.html
Doors Open Days is a national event run by Scottish Civic Trust. Information about the national programme, including event listings, can be found at www.doorsopendays.org.uk. Doors Open Days, along with Scottish Archaeology Month, take place throughout Scotland in September and are part of European Heritage Days.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust is a charity that works to rescue, restore and champion buildings of architectural and historic merit in Glasgow. Participating in the wider urban regeneration of the city, GBPT aims to encourage the use of traditional building skills and materials, provide exemplars of best practice in building conservation and work in partnership with local communities and key stakeholders to support and promotes the city's built environment.