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Classically-influenced Yorkhill housing marks industrial retreat

May 15 2018

Classically-influenced Yorkhill housing marks industrial retreat
Grant Murray Architects are spearheading efforts to build 34 homes on disused industrial land bounded by Kelvinhaugh, Yorkhill and Gilbert Street’s in Glasgow’s west end.

Situated across the road from a True Living student residential complex the development marks renewed interest in Yorkhill as a residential location, encouraging the latest plans for an L-plan infill to reinstate the street edge.

Constrained by the Yorkhill railway tunnel, which bisects the site, the stepped building seeks to sit well within its varied surrounds through the use of a vertical and horizontal gridded façade inspired by ‘classical proportions’.

Documenting their design approach the architects wrote: “The elevational design centres around a regular grid pattern influenced by classical architectural proportions. This is emphasised through the fenestration as well as the brick detailing and overall massing of the individual elements of the proposals. The resultant highlighted vertical and horizontal lines form a frame to each element and defines a rhythm and order to each elevation creating depth and interest to the facades.

“Overall massing is further broken down through highlighting common entrances to the building by changes in the surface plane of the brickwork, roof scape and material along the façade. Recessed balconies to the southern gable add additional depth to the prominent gable elevation to Kelvinhaugh Street.”

A private rear garden will be laid out for the benefit of ground floor residents, extending onto communal amenity ground with a landscaped strip providing a ‘defensible space’ to the street.
Ligh buff and grey bricks have been specified for their 'retro tumbled appearance'
Ligh buff and grey bricks have been specified for their 'retro tumbled appearance'
Vertical railings and balustrades add further articulation
Vertical railings and balustrades add further articulation


#1 Posted by Egbert on 15 May 2018 at 11:23 AM
Classically influenced! Big Chantelle will love this!
In all seriousness, though, this looks good - definitely an improvement on other recent contributions to the neighbourhood.
#2 Posted by Ghost on 15 May 2018 at 11:39 AM
Inspired by 'absolutely everything else thats out at the moment' more like.
James Hepburn
#3 Posted by James Hepburn on 15 May 2018 at 14:30 PM
Truly uninspiring. Imagine these on a wet Glasgow Monday. Congratulations to Grant Murray Architects for continuing the post-war tradition of mediocre buildings.
#4 Posted by Jamie on 15 May 2018 at 17:12 PM
@ #3, James Hepburn

If you wish your comments to be taken seriously and engaged within a mature, intellectual debate might I suggest you leave the dripping sarcasm out of the response, next time?
#5 Posted by Pablo on 15 May 2018 at 18:45 PM
That kind of brick should look fine on a wet Glasgow Monday. Seems decent tbh.
The casm between us
#6 Posted by The casm between us on 15 May 2018 at 18:52 PM

I don't think @3 is being sarcastic. At least I hope not.
James Hepburns Mother
#7 Posted by James Hepburns Mother on 15 May 2018 at 18:53 PM
#4 Jamie, i think you're on the wrong forum, son, i think you'll find what you're looking for here:
#8 Posted by Ross on 15 May 2018 at 18:57 PM
I like this building and it’s design. Living in London this is very typical of modern design that people want to live in down here. I’m glad it’s rubbing off in Glasgow. It’s also an awkward plot of land so I think the architects have done well.
Trombe Wall
#9 Posted by Trombe Wall on 16 May 2018 at 14:40 PM
#8 London trends are 'rubbing off' in Glasgow? Tosh and insulting. As noted by #2, a lot at the moment is similar to this. Not necessarily a bad thing though, dependent on the skill in which they are delivered. If you do have any great architectural delights, down there, please send up.
Neighbour M
#10 Posted by Neighbour M on 23 May 2018 at 09:59 AM
This is a revision to this previous submission:

Seems like a blander design this time around (although not that the last building was particularly stunning). Although given the hideous student flats across the road, anything goes in my neighbourhood! At least this time UR are billing it as Yorkhill not Finnieston!
#11 Posted by Terra on 29 May 2018 at 07:18 AM
Not bad tbf. Interesting, I like it. although "classically inspired" feels like a stretch

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