The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) Armadillo has been featured in the Royal Mail’s latest special stamp set, which celebrates 10 buildings that represent the renaissance of contemporary architecture in the UK of recent years.
The SEC Armadillo and The Scottish Parliament building are the two buildings in Scotland to be featured.
Formerly known as the Clyde Auditorium, the SEC Armadillo was designed by architects Foster + Partners and completed in 1997. An international conference centre with seating for up to 3,000 delegates, the structure comprises striking interlocking shapes that echo the shipbuilding traditions of the River Clyde and the industrial heritage of its site on Queen’s Dock.
A series of overlapping, aluminium-clad, framed ‘hulls’ wraps closely around the auditorium, creating a distinctive profile on the Glasgow skyline. Floodlit by night, the building provides a symbolic form that has come to represent Scotland’s largest city.
Kathleen Warden, director of conference sales at the SEC said: “The SEC Armadillo is one of the most architecturally iconic buildings in the conference world and we are delighted that it has been chosen to appear in this special series of stamps.
“The building celebrates its 20th anniversary later this year and we look forward to welcoming many more conferences through its doors in the future.”
The special stamp set also features: the London Aquatics Centre; the Library of Birmingham; Giants’ Causeway Visitor Centre, Northern Ireland; the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff; the Eden Project, St Austell; the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool; the IWM North, Manchester and Switch House – now the Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern, London.