|Opened||7 September 1997|
|Construction cost||£30 million|
The Clyde Auditorium, familiarly known as "The Armadillo", is a concert venue in Glasgow, Scotland. The building sits on the site of the now infilled Queen's Dock on the River Clyde, adjacent to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Plans for a new building to increase the capacity of the SECC complex were initiated in 1995. Designed by award-winning architects Foster and Partners, the 1,100 seat venue was completed in 1997, by which time it had earned its affectionate nickname due to the similarity of its shape to that of the animal of the same name. Many comparisons have been made with the Sydney Opera House, although this was not the architects' inspiration for the design, which was in fact an interlocking series of ship's hulls, in reference to the Clyde's shipbuilding heritage.
The building has quickly become one of the most recognisable on Clydeside and one of the iconic images of modern Glasgow. Its success has led to the construction of a third venue on the complex, the Scottish Hydro Arena.
The facade of the Clyde Auditorium was a venue featured in a promotional video for the animated sitcom The Simpsons, which parodies the famous Susan Boyle audition for Britain's Got Talent in January 2009.
Ian Reilly, the site's engineer, named the Auditorium the Armadillo during the construction phase.
- "Springfield's Got Talent: Boyle Vs Homer". Sky News. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- SECC web site
- Photographs of the (Armadillo) Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow
- Queen's Dock regeneration project
- SECC Armadillo features in Delhi - Clyde Waterfront regeneration