Playful Barclays Early Years Centre to take shape in Tradeston
May 28 2019
Stallan-Brand Architects have filed plans for an Early Years Centre in Glasgow city centre as a key plank of the practices Barclays masterplan in Tradeston.
Situated on the westernmost boundary of the financial services hub the nursery would stand at the intersection of several key pedestrian routes including the squiggly bridge and riverfront promenade.
In their design summary the architects observed: “To celebrate and emphasise the entrance to the building, the architectural language is playful in form, referencing the history of shipbuilding and industry on the Clydeside. Taking inspiration from the expressive structures of the shipbuilding warehouses, sheds and riverside cranes located along the Clyde, we embraced the opportunity to give this relatively small, two storey building, a unique, and contextual form; using dynamic sculptural roof forms to add presence to its massing, whilst maximising the amount of natural daylight we could provide to the interior.
“The figurative frontage suits the playful function of the crèche; roots the building within the context of its historically significant site, by referencing the geometric forms of cranes, trusses, masts and hulls; and creates a dynamic vista to mark the end of the landscaped promenade along the riverside masterplan.”