Stone provides a modern feel in Scotland

November 18, 2006
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Natural stone cladding combines with innovative glasswork and lighting to enhance the visibility and integrity of Sentinel - a new 10-story commercial office development. The materials, blue/grey Kirkby and silver/grey Brandy Crag stone, were supplied by Burlington Slate, Ltd. of Cumbria, Kirkby-in-Furness, England.
photo courtesy of Andrew Lee

Natural stone cladding from England serves to enhance the visibility and integrity of Sentinel, a new 10-story commercial office development in Glasgow, Scotland, which supports the City Council's new lighting strategy and “Public Art in the City” concept.

Designed by Glasgow-based architects, gm+ad, Sentinel combines natural stone cladding and a structural glazing system that uses innovative facade lighting technology to deliver a clean and simple, yet distinctive structure that enhances the visual experience of those who live and work in the building's vicinity.

The building takes on an L-shaped form that extends from the ground to the tenth floor. According to gm+ad, that form is then wrapped around a cube that appears as a cantilevered floating glass cube over a partially open entrance foyer. As part of this design scheme, the two main elevations of Sentinel are clad in blue/grey Kirkby and silver/grey Brandy Crag stone, supplied by Burlington Slate, Ltd. of Cumbria, Kirkby-in-Furness, England.

Burlington's silver/grey Brandy Crag stone extends from the main elevation into the entrance foyer where it has been deployed to clad the main facing wall of the entrance foyer.
With the building's two main clad wings serving to reinforce the street corner, it is design features such as these that mark the building as an entry to this part of the city - a “sentinel.”

In addition to the stonework, the exterior design features a random arrangement of clean and fritted glass panels, fitted by the architects with an innovative lighting system to project a floor-by-floor spectrum of colors that “blur the edges between solidity and void - between illusion and reality,” according to gm+ad. Using LED light sources at selected windows that glow at night, Sentinel's frontage offers a continuous and changing spectrum of color, from red to purple to blue to green. By being integrated into the body of the building, the lighting adds another layer to the elevations of the glass cube.

Interior stone use

To add continuity to the external use of the natural stone cladding, both stone materials also appear within the building's ground floor reception area. Burlington's silver/grey Brandy Crag stone extends from the main elevation into the entrance foyer, where it has been deployed to clad the main facing wall. In order to provide a distinct feeling of texture and form here, Murray Dunlop Architects specified rough-hewn Brandy Crag stone with tolerances of some 30 mm, and they combined it with a flatter flamed surface in a ratio of three to one.

Additional texture and color variation is provided by the use of blue/grey Kirkby interior cladding supplied with a sanded finish, which cloaks the building's central stairwell tower. The Kirkby stone serves to extend the design internally with a honed finish to frame a feature window within the reception area.

Installed by masonry contractors, Realstone of Glasgow, a total of 600 square meters of 40-mm-thick Brandy Crag cladding and 410 square meters of blue/grey Kirkby stone was supplied for the project.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

November 2013 Stone Products Gallery

Take a look at some of the latest stone industry products.


Stone World Magazine

April 2014 stone world cover

2014 April

In this month's issue of Stone World, check out an extensive preview of Coverings 2014, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April. Also learn more about various types of limestone that were used to build private residences.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine


2014 Spring

This issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design includes our annual focus on Kitchen and Bath design

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Training Program

How formal is your training program for new employees?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Italian Trade Commission Coverings exhibitor preview

Italian Trade Commission logo 2

The Italian Trade Commission is presenting a large group of the most innovative and internationally renowned Italian suppliers of dimensional natural stones. We hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us for a “genuine” espresso in booth N. 4045 and explore the exciting Italian natural stone resources offered by our exhibitors. Check out Italian stone producers exhibiting at Coverings 2014 here!


Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.


facebook logo Twitter  YouTube