With the aid of research, we discovered Sauchiehall street has undergone a lot of changes in the past 12 decades, it was once occupied by wealthy merchants in grand villas, and seen as a high end street ,however it has become “student friendly”, in a sense of, there are lots of cheap flats, bars and shops in the area. The 520 building quickly evolved from a genteel piano showroom designed by David Paton Law in 1896 to a throbbing nightclub and finally the dilapidated building we have today.
Its past identities can still be seen in the: Greek details, iconic columns and sculptured torch bearers round the entrance, the Greek goddess of peace and love overlooking the vacility and at the back, there’s a bust of Beethoven looming over the back entrance in Renfrew street. We have also considered the different types of services existing in the area already, which led us to the agreement that the 520 building would not be converted into a shop, as it would have to compete with well established shops in the area, which would lead to its downfall.
The piano showroom has problems deriving from consumerism and economic growth. This is a risk that affects architecture in general and is subject to discussion because of the contradictory nature of design. What can the architect do if there is no consumerism?. Another question that affected our thought process is , how would we get more people to come to the site? and how would we build a community?