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Hypostyle creates Glasgow tenement infill

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + DATA] The AJ can reveal plans and pictures of Hypostyle Architects’ RIAS Award-winning Fore Street husing scheme in Glasgow

The development, which was given a special mention at the Doolan Prize award ceremony last night (November 8), consists of a group of 15 affordable dwellings built within the perimeter of an existing Victorian tenement block.

These houses are accessed through a passageway built within a new five-storey block of flats situated on Fore Street that maintains the scale of the neighbouring tenements and completes the urban block.

A parking court and communal green space leads to a pedestrian lane that provides access to a series of two-storey houses and cottage flats.

The properties are arranged along either side of the lane, staggered in relation to the houses on the opposite side of the lane, giving the houses an outlook beyond their immediate neighbours towards the tenements on the far side of the block. The spaces between the blocks are used as private courtyard gardens.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Success could ultimately ensue if the surrounding tenements were to be childless!

    In a way, I can personally find Hypostyle’s intervention exceedingly romantic having been a typically Glasgow kid whose’ tendencies were often to build the imaginary world/homes (dens) within such confines (tenement courts) and play act doctors/nurses etc.., but I see that the kids here might have to do that in a metaphysical sense: building dens within the confines of dens territory...

    Notwithstanding the charm of the idea, as an adult, I don’t know whether to be honestly ecstatic or lambasting. I’d feel selfish to ‘Like’ this - as a grown-up - despite any romantic appeal.

    In the shoes of children who lose the purely ‘environmental’ court, it’s certainly to be berated as an architectural blot in the landscape!

    What are the non-Glaswegian (unbiased) views of this as an urban proposition, I’d wonder?

    The project has naturally received widespread acclaim in Glasgow, perhaps due to this charm, a charm that this model simply hijacks from future generations. In other word a false charm perhaps!

    The common experience of the Glasgow tenement block is fortunately and largely one where the back court is purely the confines of environmental works. I recall that when this was not the case (as in some blocks heavily laden with blocky back shops/stores etc.; or less concernedly with lanes) that these spaces had ranged from miserable to dull by comparison (of course from a child’s perspective, i.e. users nonetheless).

    Oh “Users, Passer-Bys, etc.”: do these words even still appear or mean anything in the current day’s Architect’s CofC? If architects are to do society good as they were once (and still) billed to do so, then ‘the client is king’ should not be the only dogma within the profession’s principles, but merely the customer focus/promise linchpin that it is. This dogma perhaps now requires taming in order to return esteem to the profession of architecture. That said cosmetic surgery has a place in the medical profession, so why wouldn't urbanism/architecture of course...!

    Perhaps Hypostyle’s intervention is rather urban jewellery or cosmetics, a compliment rather than criticism that should hopefully be seen as experimental rather than as a veritable urban model.

    Again, how do the unbiased areas of the UK view this tenement block intervention (RIAS Award winner) as such?

    Perhaps I can (and will) fully warm to it if I’m convinced!

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