Page/Park sweep to victory with Saunders Centre Doolan Award
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November 2 2016Saunders Centre Science & technology building for Glasgow Academy.
Accompanied by a £25k cheque and gold medal cast by goldsmith James Brent Ward, the recognition comes after the practice saw off 10 other challengers to claim the prize for their ‘elegant and subtle’ work.
Doolan judges this year were chaired by David Dunbar and included Iain Dickson and Eleanor McAllister. Their citation read: ““This splendid new addition to Glasgow Academy’s campus is an elegant and subtle addition to the streetscape. The reinforced concrete structural frame is clad in a pattern of precast polished and honed finishes. This modular assembly rises from the podium for the raised ground floor, through a sequence of bay windows to a reinterpretation of the Glasgow dormer at roof level.
“The corner entrance signals the main circulation stair, appropriately spacious and robust, which comfortably accommodates class changeovers. The ground floor incorporates a teaching kitchen and provides access to the 178-seat auditorium, complemented by a generous foyer that wraps around the sculptural, oak-clad, elliptical form of the inserted auditorium. The new theatre space is available for assembly and teaching on a daily basis but also offers a further hi-tech performance space for theatrical and public events, enhancing the Academy’s relationship with the West End.”
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