85 Buchanan Street

Photo: Alan Crumlish

Gillespie, Kidd and Coia


Category B Listed

This five-storey, steel-framed office block was built for the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC). The double-height ground floor was originally fitted with a long counter in the style of an airport check-in desk. The deeply set windows and the dark patinated copper continue the sculptural depth of Buchanan Street’s west elevation. In recent years, many of its historic neighbours have been stone cleaned, giving this building greater prominence than its architects originally intended. One of Glasgow’s most elegant and sophisticated 20th-century office blocks, its geometry and copper cladding mark this elegant building as something special.