Clyde Auditorium

Photo: Alan Crumlish

Sir Norman Foster & Partners

1997

Not Listed

This three-thousand-seater conference and performance venue was constructed on the in-filled Queen’s Dock. Its dramatic profile is clad in reflective stainless steel. Set beside the river, adjacent to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, to which it contributed a much-needed, large, permanently seated auditorium, the building now hosts international conferences and world-renowned performers. Inevitably comparisons have been made with Sydney Opera House. There ceramic-clad sails stand aloft and the composition is a complex of intersections. Here shell-like, overlapping structures create a steel carapace, rendering inevitable its local affectionate epithet, “the Armadillo”.