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Dormant tenement infill to move back on-site

June 14 2017

Dormant tenement infill to move back on-site
Dormant plans to squeeze a three storey townhouse above an access pend sandwiched between two tenements on Havelock Street in Glasgow’s west end have been resurrected – conforming to designs first proposed by Nord in 2007.

The unusual build will make use of high gloss aluminium panels to the front and dark wood cladding to the rear, which will also incorporate a private amenity deck.

In their design statement delivery architects Detail observed: “While the neighbouring sandstone tenements were to some extent probably viewed as ‘utilitarian’ in their own time, we would suggest that contrast with much of the stylistic bankruptcy of our own age reveals them to have been composed with a good deal of artistry and taste.

“In this regard, we have endeavoured to live up to the example of our forebears by employing art and craftsmanship in how the front and rear facades will be created. The reality of modern construction is that cladding panels, whether glass, metal or wood, do require joints, albeit that a great deal of freedom now exists as to how these joints lines should be arranged and realised.

“We proposed to use our joint lines (and direction of wood grain on rear façade), to create a subtle abstract frieze to both facades, based on the interplay of horizontal and vertical axes, which in turn helps provide a governing order to the size and location of window and door openings.”
A private firsgt floor amenity deck will offer occupiers their own outdoor space
A private firsgt floor amenity deck will offer occupiers their own outdoor space


#1 Posted by Daniel on 14 Jun 2017 at 11:12 AM
I'm really into this.

Those that know the area (I don't) - when I look at what I presume is this on streetmap, there are hoardings/a temp structure over this gap advertising some new homes. Looking at Google Maps it looks like there's something inside the tenement block's central space. Is it something old that's been refurbished or have they squeezed new buildings in there?!
#2 Posted by westender on 14 Jun 2017 at 12:17 PM
They're new buildings built inside the block AFAIK.

I like the concept of this - and I'm glad it'll be finished, seeing as the structure is already there anyway, but what an uninspiring facade. Must try harder!
#3 Posted by Spackle on 14 Jun 2017 at 12:38 PM
Don't think this scheme has aged too well, and the materials look a bit flimsy.
#4 Posted by dave on 14 Jun 2017 at 13:10 PM
yeah it looks like there is a terrace of 5 houses in the central courtyard area of that block of tenements, all of whom access their properties by driving under this development.
#5 Posted by Charlie_ on 14 Jun 2017 at 14:05 PM
@Daniel, there was a recent development of townhouses (10 or so iirc) in the courtyard called 'the havelock'
#6 Posted by modernish on 14 Jun 2017 at 15:40 PM
Dear Daniel, yes there are 10 unbelievably expensive 'mews' houses wedged into the centre of the urban block courtyard. The brochure is here -
#7 Posted by Daniel on 16 Jun 2017 at 15:54 PM
Thanks to all for your responses!

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