Woodside supported accommodation planned
August 31 2018
Mast Architects have brought forward proposals for a new supported accommodation block at Glenfarg Street, Glasgow, on behalf of Queens Cross Housing Association.
Adjacent to Woodside Halls the four-storey development occupies a narrow plot and will be finished in buff brick with white precast concrete blocks and zinc standing seam cladding.
In a planning statement the architects said: “The proposals will be expected to meet the reasonable needs/expectations of their resident populations (whether long or short stay).
“The proposals will also be required to mitigate the additional pressure that such high resident population concentrations can have on local amenity and facilities.”
Designed to offer accommodation for up to 20 young homeless people the building will also offer a range of services and facilities for daytime users including office space, a laundry, visitors’ room and social skills centre.
Is that your silk hankie on the floor?
Take care of that big shoulder chip..
1. Why the ochre brick instead of a red multi? (i know the street context)
2. Why a flat roof?
3. Why the allusion to a Georgian ordering aesthetic with a pseudo piano nobile etc. when there is no social hierarchy within etc.
Given the brief of supported accommodation, (of which there is a very real need) this design so far, says anything but to me. My quibble is only over the clothes this design is wearing and what it is 'saying' to the wider community. That's all.
TBF though ....if they wanted to be contextual, it would be 1990s buff brick HAG funded housng association garbage like the stuff opposite.
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Is this Neo-Georgian proposal part of the growing theme-park-isation of cities? Or is something else intended architecturally?