#DesignPopUp's favourite historical venues


At #DesignPopUp we endeavour to make our events a talking point, and one of the ways we do this is by hosting our shows in architecturally significant buildings wherever we go.


In our hometown of Glasgow, we are blessed to be surrounded by outstanding architecture, both historical and modern on almost every street: from the new Riverside Museum designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, to the infamous Glasgow School of Art by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, to our host venue for #DesignPopUp, The Briggait.

The Briggait, sitting on the Clyde side and built in 1873, was designed by the architects Clarke & Bell in the French Renaissance style. Once used as a bustling fish market for the people of Glasgow up until 1977, it is now home to artists’ studios and cultural organisations, and host of events and exhibitions, including #DesignPopUp, who have favoured this impressive building as our venue since our second edition in 2015.

Upper Campfield Market Hall – this spectacular market hall was designed by Manchester architectural firm Mangnall and Littlewood and opened its doors between 1880 and 1882. A covered market, now a Grade II listed building, it’s taken on varied uses throughout its years, including a trader’s floor, a WW2 barrage balloon factory and exhibition space. Again, another historical building of importance in the Deansgate/Castlefield area of Manchester that can be used for a variety of purposes, and another favourite for us here at #DesignPopUp – under the impressive industrial beams of this Victorian treasure, who can blame us?

The Smock Alley Theatre 1662 sits on the site of the oldest theatre in Dublin by the River Liffey. Still enjoying life today as a theatre, over the last five centuries it has been a church, as well as a storage warehouse for whiskey barrels. #DesignPopUp takes full advantage of its beautiful interior, its glorious stained-glass windows and exquisite decorative ceiling, to exhibit the latest in innovative product and design to the A&D community of Dublin.

It is now a recognised issue in cities across the country to utilise these historical, and important buildings for another purpose from its original intention: to reuse and recycle, to bring back to life disused or underused spaces. We 100% support this drive at #DesignPopUp.

Not only does it give us the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate these superb sites for our exhibitions, and create memorable and engaging events. It also provides us with a platform to learn and understand the talent, engineering, innovation and history that went into designing and creating these outstanding buildings all those many years ago.


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