Giant blackboard vision for University of Glasgow Math building
January 21 2022
The University of Glasgow has moved to extend the presence of a temporary modular structure housing the displaced department of mathematics and statistics for a further five years beyond the approved cut off of February 2022.
A number of architectural modifications are planned to the existing structure in recognition of its continued role, centred on the incorporation of white 'chalk' text on dark cladding panels to evoke a giant blackboard. This overlaid text repurposes various computational symbols as floor decals and wall murals applied to laser cut aluminium panels.
In a statement jmarchitects wrote: "Alterations to the Maths Modular building laid out in this report aim to accommodate additional staff and students, as per the agreed growth strategy, improving workflow and accommodation for academic/student support services as well as improving the quality of spaces for the users of the building through carefully considered architectural interventions.
"Although we acknowledge the site as a temporary structure. The project presents a clear opportunity to improve the building and its place in the surrounding context."
The temporary school, which sits next to the A-listed Joseph Black building, forms part of the Western Campus master plan which will deliver permanent long-term accommodation.
A temporary public realm strategy for the interim period is also being drawn up by 7N and Aecom which includes planting and trees which can be moved later on.