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August 30 2010

Yorkhill HA offices take shape
Work is progressing apace on the site of Anderson Bell Christie’s design for Yorkhill Housing Association’s new headquarters on Argyle Street, Glasgow.

The mixed use scheme incorporates 31 flats over, eight of which will be made available for shared equity, across its six floors and is scheduled to complete early in 2011.

Occupying a prominent position it sports full height glazing to define the prominent junction at the head of Argyle Street and Haugh Rd in the city’s west end.
Much of Yorkhill now comprises bland brick infill
Much of Yorkhill now comprises bland brick infill
Scaffolding currently enshrouds the build
Scaffolding currently enshrouds the build

8 Comments

SAndals
#1 Posted by SAndals on 30 Aug 2010 at 17:22 PM
Good to see in these lean times, ABC aren't wasting money on decent quality 3D visualisations.
That is possibly the worst model I have ever seen.
3142r
#2 Posted by 3142r on 31 Aug 2010 at 17:02 PM
3D graphics that a first year Arch student would be ashamed of.
mary contrary
#3 Posted by mary contrary on 1 Sep 2010 at 10:43 AM
while I agree with the above 2 statements I think the 3d is quite brilliant in the fact it completely disguises the fact that this building steps out some 2-3m in front of a Grade B listed tenemental line. Quite how ABC got away with that is beyond me.
Graeme
#4 Posted by Graeme on 1 Sep 2010 at 13:23 PM
"Much of Yorkhill now comprises bland brick infill" is the tagline on this photo actually a dig at the ABC proposals? Or am I being cynical here??
Auntie Nairn
#5 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 1 Sep 2010 at 13:56 PM
Graeme, if the quote isn't a dig at the ABC proposals then it should be. Not only have they not wasted any money on decent 3D, they haven't wasted any on a decent design either. "...full height glazing to define the prominent junction..." - give me strength!! God forbid that this amalgam of off-the-peg contemporary cliches should actually aspire to be a piece of architecture and address its' context other than some half-baked attempt to step up in height towards the corner because the accommodation required is actually an over-development of the site.
Sam
#6 Posted by Sam on 3 Sep 2010 at 08:29 AM
The justification for the building stepping out beyond the tenemental line was that the design matches the established building line on this site. This decision by Glasgow City Council is based on the previous building which was demolished and I believe as a result provides a relatively weak rationale for the decision.
mary contrary
#7 Posted by mary contrary on 3 Sep 2010 at 14:05 PM
As you say sam, a weak decision for stepping out. Just because a bad decision had been made to permit that building line previously, that is no reason to make the same bad decision again.
SAndals
#8 Posted by SAndals on 8 Sep 2010 at 15:54 PM
Nope - image still sh*te!

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