Student residences planned for redundant Glasgow office block
February 1 2012
This will entail retention of the existing façade of brick and stone on sustainability grounds - but with replacement aluminium windows and coloured window bays.
A rooftop extension is also planned to increase capacity and remove the abrupt eaves line of the property by mimicking the mansard roof and dormer windows of adjoining properties.
In their design statement Haa explain: “We believe the building has a very abrupt termination that does not match the general character of the area. The notion that buildings should have a distinct bottom, middle and top is a significant visual characteristic across much of the city centre.
“We believe that providing the facades with a visual ‘top’ will create a better link to this general visual language.”
The resulting sawtooth profile is said to lend itself to the ready installation of solar panels.
A rear setback housing basement vehicular access will be infilled out to the main building line as basement parking provision is being removed.
The £1.8m scheme is being financed by Speyroc Ltd.
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