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Community library to serve as Cowie ‘shopfront’

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January 15 2020

Community library to serve as Cowie ‘shopfront’

3DReid Architects have applied to build a new community hub in Cowie, Stirling, procured through the local authority on behalf of Hub East Central.

The Main Street build will centre on a double-height library addressing an enhanced streetscape with two flexible meeting spaces adding to the footprint to create one large public events space as required.

This space will be top-lit by a large roof lantern and will be visible from the street behind a retail-style ‘shopfront’ below a feature corner window. A ‘maker’s space’ for commercial use is also offered.

Project architect Neil Middleton commented: “The group rooms and library open onto one another to provide a large open space but when closed off each has their character – the expansive library is top-lit and faces the street.

“The large group room is partially double height and opens onto the garden and the small group room is top-lit via a roof light. The interview room at the back of the building has a view towards the park and on approach offers a glimpse into the large group room.

"In contrast, the meeting room is glazed towards the business space and has a lateral view towards the end of the street.”

A conscious choice was made to pursue a village centre location in order to reinvigorate Main Street.

A dilapidated Main Street site was selected for its regeneration potential
A dilapidated Main Street site was selected for its regeneration potential
A generous roof lantern will flood the double-height interior with light
A generous roof lantern will flood the double-height interior with light

Flexibility is the key watchword of the design
Flexibility is the key watchword of the design
The library frontage echoes neighbouring shopfronts
The library frontage echoes neighbouring shopfronts

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