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Govanhill social housing picks up the pace

January 17 2018

Govanhill social housing picks up the pace
Do Architecture have revisited plans to build 46 homes on a brownfield site to the north of Govanhill, on a site bounded by Inglefield Street, Larkfield Street and Cathcart Road to accommodate an additional three homes .

This will see two blocks aligned to form a ‘hard’ street edge, separated by a common entrance which will connect to a rear courtyard, helping to bring activity and life back to the corner junction through provision of new housing for social and mid-market rent.

In their design report Do observed: “We have adopted a simple, repetitive, linear format for the fenestration. In order to replicate the depth of the tenement windows we propose to use deep window pods for the vertical windows along with the shallow wider balcony doors. This play with depth is an attempt to achieve a more dynamic and interesting elevation combining historic and modern architectural qualities.

“In order to achieve articulation in the brick, we have chosen to strike lines at particular heights of each block - treating above or below this line with a different mortar colour to break up the elevations, with each having a relationship to its adjacent block. The lower west block has this treatment to its base level which we believe helps to ‘ground’ the building, whereas in the taller north block we have struck a line at West parapet level to celebrate the upper floors in a different manner to the rest and relate in scale to its companion block.”

Adopting a repetitive, linear fenestration the properties will be finished in buff brick with areas of black metal balustrading.
Buff brick has been chosen to marry with blonde sandstone
Buff brick has been chosen to marry with blonde sandstone
Each block will have its own dedicated entrance
Each block will have its own dedicated entrance


#1 Posted by George on 17 Jan 2018 at 09:44 AM
'Each block will have its own entrance'....gracious, the level of innovation here is quite astounding..!
#2 Posted by Pea on 17 Jan 2018 at 10:28 AM
I just feel sorry for that little boy in the thrid image. Is his mum leaving him outside?
#3 Posted by StyleCouncil on 17 Jan 2018 at 11:00 AM
The design statement is almost apologetic..."it looks mince, but we have tried really hard to make it not mince"...
#4 Posted by CDH on 17 Jan 2018 at 13:29 PM
Its okay Pea, i think that old dude is watching him...
#5 Posted by HappyasLarry on 18 Jan 2018 at 08:37 AM
Pea/CDH - I agree, the image has a confusing and haunting subtext....
Southside Lad
#6 Posted by Southside Lad on 18 Jan 2018 at 17:11 PM
Such a poor scheme, terrible massing and really poor selection of materials on the external facade.

yet another poor example of residential blocks in the Southside, of similar poor quality to the blocks in and around the Scottish ballet centre on Pollokshaws Road.
southside loon
#7 Posted by southside loon on 19 Jan 2018 at 08:31 AM
its no as bad as the megalith on the site of the old plaza. that hurts my eyes everytime I pass. and its no as bad as the houses underway on Maxwell road.. is no bad the new good?
#8 Posted by HappyasLarry on 19 Jan 2018 at 08:42 AM
Didn't sleep well last night.....still troubled by that image.....what is going on there and what are they trying to say? that a grandfatherly look of concern or...?.....has the father figure taken two kids away and left the third behind....has the mother left the child on the 'naughty step' many lingering questions....
#9 Posted by Sven on 20 Jan 2018 at 14:17 PM
I am confused. It article states a new build on a brownfield site yet the images are clearly 1960s council houses with 'streets in the sky' covered with 1980s brick. It is so bad in image 1 someone looks to be about to jump from the 3rd floor, image 2 shows it having brown tones (brown will never go out of fashion as it never has been in fashion) and then we have image 3 with the sad boy and accessible windows that must be a peeping Toms and burglars paradise.

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