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Living wall gables to dress latest Townhead student build

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October 27 2017

Living wall gables to dress latest Townhead student build
Watkin Jones and Fletcher Joseph Architects have prepared finalised plans for a development of 401 student beds on the site of a former printworks at Kyle Street, Glasgow.

This brings in a number of changes from a previously consented scheme; including double-height windows at street level; relocation of the entrance to the Kyle Street corner and a reduction in parking provision.

Organised as a mixture of studios and cluster flats there will be some ground floor retail and commercial units as well as a social room, gym and laundry, all extending through to Stafford Street – with a rear elevation fronting Calgary Street.

Positing their design principles Fletcher Joseph wrote: “The basic form of the building is a cuboid with a chunk removed to the south west to allow for a protected courtyard. This was the result of extruding the basic footprint of the currently consented scheme – which reinforces the existing urban block with building frontage to Kyle Street, Stafford Street and Calgary Street - over the required height to form a protected courtyard to the rear.

“The protected courtyard forms the heart of the development, providing an external amenity space that compliments internal social areas along with breaking down the mass of the development.”

Faced predominantly in brick with deep reveals the scheme also includes areas of light composite stone panels, dark grey metal and green living wall gables.


A landscaped courtyard will offer tenants their own amenity space
A landscaped courtyard will offer tenants their own amenity space
Brick has been specified in a nod to the areas industrial past
Brick has been specified in a nod to the areas industrial past

Double height active frontages, including a supermarket, will meet Kyle and Stafford Street
Double height active frontages, including a supermarket, will meet Kyle and Stafford Street

10 Comments

Samson was a strongman
#1 Posted by Samson was a strongman on 27 Oct 2017 at 16:12 PM
I'm surprised that architects can afford CGIs for a feasibility study.

Living Wall? Oh look! There be squirrels!
StyleCouncil
#2 Posted by StyleCouncil on 27 Oct 2017 at 19:34 PM
Monolithic Monster with zero redeeming features. The portion of gable with a token gesture living wall is pathetic.
Apart from that it’s great...

Jaded
#3 Posted by Jaded on 28 Oct 2017 at 07:17 AM
Decent enough filler for this area.


Jamie
#4 Posted by Jamie on 28 Oct 2017 at 13:31 PM
Token 'green' wall, nice one
Cadmonkey
#5 Posted by Cadmonkey on 28 Oct 2017 at 20:56 PM
“Alright lads, client says they want Planning in this week. I know it’s Thirsday, so lets just design 3 levels and stretch it up. Quirk it up a bit by randomising a few windows. I’ve seen high level dark cladding on the topmost floor on some other projects. People seem to think that looks like articulation. Try that. Throw in something quirky. Don’t care what. Make sure you get it submitted tomorrow. I’m off to golf.”
QMD
#6 Posted by QMD on 30 Oct 2017 at 09:09 AM
will the 'green wall' works in this climate? Would love to see one...
Nairn's Bairn
#7 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 30 Oct 2017 at 10:51 AM
If they want a green wall all they have to do is finish it in K-Rend and wait six months.
Auntie Nairn
#8 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 30 Oct 2017 at 13:09 PM
Bairn - git in here an' wash yer face. What's that? Comment on the scheme? "Meh"
MV
#9 Posted by MV on 30 Oct 2017 at 21:32 PM
Living wall aside (VE that out please), I think this will actually look ok. The bar for student resi on the periphery of Glasgow is quite low - and at least it hasn’t got render (which I thought for a moment it had).
I particularly like the word “chunk” in a design and access statement. Keeping it rea,l FJ.
Terra
#10 Posted by Terra on 8 Jan 2018 at 11:20 AM
Braw!

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