Classically-influenced Yorkhill housing marks industrial retreat
May 15 201834 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.
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