Princes Square staircase
The writer Bill Bryson referred to Princes Square in Glasgow as "one of the most intelligent pieces of urban renewal". The five-storey, retail and restaurant centre occupies a pre-existing cobbled Princes Square dating from 1841. It has been reconfigured by enclosing the entire space below a glass-domed and vaulted roof. The original cellars of the existing buildings were excavated to provide additional space. New galleries and stairs give access to the upper storeys. The centre is adorned with decorative glass, tiling, lighting, timber and metalwork, designed by artists and craftsmen.