Kelvinhaugh mews homes evoke 19th-century blacksmiths
July 31 2020
An infill development of four mews homes in Glasgow's Kelvinhaugh district is taking inspiration from the city's industrial heyday to provide a distinctive living space.
Led by Mitre Properties with O'DonnellBrown Architects the houses use clay facing brick to evoke the demolished Overnewton Works, established in the late 19th-century as a blacksmith and ironmongery. In the process, the site will be brought back to life as a constituent part of the developing Finnieston area.
Documents just filed with the city council show the upside-down homes locate sleeping areas on the ground floor, with dual aspect living areas above. Another key aspect of the devlopment will be the provision of cycling facilities to plug into the emerging Yorkhill and Kelvingrove Cycling Village, a district wide public realm initiative led by the local authority and Sustrans.
In a press statement, the practice wrote: "The principal elevation has a horizontal rhythm set by the roof terraces, fenestration and brick piers. It is animated with metalwork – balustrades, entrance gates, and boundary treatments – which will be light in colour and consistent with the window frames.
"The rear elevation faces onto a lane of tenements and has a greater vertical rhythm emphasised by narrower window openings. On the north elevation, brick planters create a line of separation between the lane and the dwellings."
All homes are being delivered with David Narro Associates engineers and KRAFT Architecture and Research as energy assessor.