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East Kilbride office refurb draws mathematical inspiration

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July 26 2011

East Kilbride office refurb draws mathematical inspiration
An unremarkable East Kilbride office block has been given an artistic makeover at the hands of Dundarroch Holdings in a bid to create a better first impression for visitors to the anonymous office park.

Built at a cost of £200k the new entrance pavilion aims to bridge the public and private realms between the Napier Building and the wider Scottish Enterprise Technology Park with a refresh that is more than just by the numbers.

Incorporating a meeting room, seating for visitors and a reception the space is dominated by a physical representation of the Fibonacci sequence designed by artist Martin McInally. This takes the form of fused glass tiles with further references contained within the grid pattern of the reception doors and positioning of the reception desk.

Joint architect Gwyn Kennedy of Dundarroch told Urban Realm: “The original building is somewhat undistinguished, and we felt that this small entrance pod was an ideal opportunity to experiment with some new thoughts, in particular, working with an artist as an integral member of the team.

“The modest size of the building also allowed us to experiment.  It allowed us to move forward from the current vogue in architecture which spatially is so exciting, but in its minimalist detail, perhaps, lacks art and feeling.  It encouraged us to reintroduce an element of art into the basic form and elements of the building’s design.”
Smooth blue facing brick and oak screens contrast in quality with the bulk of the office block proper
Smooth blue facing brick and oak screens contrast in quality with the bulk of the office block proper
The structrure adops a spiralling, shell like form to reflect floe
The structrure adops a spiralling, shell like form to reflect floe

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