Thursday, 4 April 2013

Zizzi Glasgow Princes Square - Final Designs

Workshop of the World

Princes Square was originally commissioned as a site for retail by Sir James Campbell and completed in 1841. Campbell, businessman and Provost of Glasgow, had a passion for architectural design, insisting on the importance of plentiful natural light.  When his eyesight began to fail him, he drew his designs with white chalk on dark blue paper…

These colours spoke to me of blueprints and plans; of shipbuilding and of architecture and engineering; even pattern cutting – a reference to another of
Campbell’s trades- and the drapers business he established in Prince’s Square. It is the visual language of the Workshop of the World.

 I combined imagery of the Princes Square building with elements from historical shipbuilding photographs.  The grid pattern creates depth, allows for playful perspective and hints at the distinctive scheme upon which the City is designed and founded.

Princes Square was refurbished and appeared in its current form in 1988, represented here by the literal ‘relaunching’ the iconic Peacock sculpture.