Hotel Indigo


Indigo combines the individuality of boutique hotel design, and the quality assurance of a major brand (IHG).

The project was one of the first hotel INDIGO’s to appear in the UK and has become one of the most popular hotel destinations in Glasgow.

Originally constructed in 1892, the former Italian Palazzo-style building on the corner of Waterloo Street and Blythswood Street was home to the city’s first electric lighting station. The huge dynamos in the basement were switched on little over a decade after the American inventor Thomas Edison patented the electric light bulb so the building is extremely important in the context of the revolution that Edison created. The building then underwent substantial changes in 1930 giving the building its modern grid-iron city centre appearance, which it retains to the present day.

One of the main interventions we made to the fabric of the existing building was to remove the central staircase. This immediately allowed us to open up the ground floor plan, maximising street activation. This principle move together with a proposed set-back rooftop extension provided an additional 25% of bedroom accommodation and was instrumental in the viability of the project, allowing it to be funded and constructed.

Our team worked closely with Glasgow City Council Heritage staff and Historic Scotland to exploit some of the existing features of this important building. The existing ornate plasterwork of the ceilings and bulkheads on the former ground floor showroom dating back to the 1930’s were retained and we also successfully preserved and maintained the existing Art Deco black granite shop front openings at street level. These decisions have helped the completed building to retain its strong identity and carry this into its new life as a hotel.

Bright and bold colours, which have become a recognisable element of the Indigo brand, are found throughout the hotel. The bedrooms continue this theme marrying classically influenced detailing with contemporary furniture and fittings.

As a studio, with our Architects and Interior Designers working side by side we managed to deliver the whole project in just two years. The hotel has been well received by guests and critics alike and won ‘hotel of the year’ at the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) European Awards in Dublin. The Hotel was also recognised at the European Hotel Design Awards in 2011, where Ica received a ‘Highly Commended’ in the category - Conversion of an Existing Non-Hotel Building to Hotel Use.