ICA submit Townhead student housing plan
April 14 2014student accommodation with ground floor commercial uses.
Designed to introduce urban edge and scale to a fragmentary quarter of the city centre the scheme will offer improved connections to the neighbouring Strathclyde University campus and Cathedral Street Gardens.
Composed of two interconnecting ‘L’ shaped blocks framing two external courtyards the scheme will provide 422 bedrooms together with a coffee shop, exhibition space, meeting rooms and laundrette.
In their design statement ICA write: “The external finish is predominantly brick which reflects the urban scale and materiality of the Library building opposite. The proposal also seeks a mirror the grid of openings within the library by pairing two openings within a larger format element (this is an echo of the paired slot-like openings of the library).
“Upon approach from the Royal Infirmary the mass of the building is broken down by removing the ground floor corner brick pier which has the effect of opening up the building and re-addressing this once important junction.”
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