Founder + Director
Chris has worked in architecture for twenty years, after studying at the Glasgow School of Art and Bartlett he quickly rose to director level at two of the UK’s largest practices and was until recently a board level Design Director at Capita|ESA with over 200 staff. He led his team there to an RIBA National Award and four Civic Trust commendations. In Autumn of 2017 he founded Assorted Skills + Talents* a practice which crosses boundaries between architecture, property strategy, and digital creative consultancy. He believes in using BIM + VR to bring clients into his designs from the outset.
This is a terrible culturally ignorant position by HES....and I suspect some sort of political reason here - if this was a ancient monument the debate would be different - this is just concrete haters in the HES!
As for the church - the massive cash rich church....sell some land and fix your mistake:
"The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Glasgow said it noted the government’s recognition that ‘curated decay’ is perhaps the only remaining option. ‘We are disappointed that the opportunity to save one of Scotland’s great post-war buildings has been missed by the government,’ he said."
Really? Its the churches fault the place is in the state its in. Its the church that failed the project and failed to find a sustainable new use in the 1970/80's and its not the church and the Scottish Government who need to put some cash into St Peter, take up Jonny's offer and then get clever with the uses that could happen here.
Wellbeing/Yoga/Youth Training/ Outdoor + leadership courses - Jesus just Airbnb the damn rooms its a rock star of a building that just needs a seed fund.
Heck gift it to Urbansplash or Capital + Centric or General Projects or U+I to sort out, create a special housing SPD for some of the woodland surrounding it and let them make money long term but inject some cash now and save the only building of its type in the UK and one matched only by Corbusier's La Tourette.
A provocative and, as always from Mr Merlin, intelligent piece of analytical writing. The current crisis will not be solved solely by the new "rent don't buy" PRS/BTR movement, people will want ownership eventually, particularly outside London, and sometimes we forget that the ideal for many is a 2 or 3 bed home with a garden, and a parking space (or two) on the edge of a city or major town. Not pretty, often flimsy and poor quality but valued as home. It won’t be solved either by the Collective model, which is as others have observed is more akin to student living than a long term residence for people of all ages and backgrounds who share their home. However, this article is spot on, we need to disrupt the marketplace for the current 18 - 30 age bracket in all urban areas as they are going to struggle to buy homes in London (and other high price areas) and the way we can do this is to offer different products, tenures and price ranges. The CoLive model is part of that offer and as this article states this must be one where the studio bed space and “shared” flat model is linked to amenity spaces that offer more than just a cinema room and a crappy coffee bar are viable. What do you value in your home? I bet its often the mundane; privacy, personality, storage…a little bit of space. I think this model with the right handling is a great chance to create useful stock that fits some of our needs, but that will often be a buffer/stepping stone from parental home via University Accommodation to a home of your own, maybe… Ownership will ultimately be achieved through rising salary vs falling house values, which is something no architect an bring about, so we best focus on what we can do to make life better when the client asks us how.
Superb - love the pink and the distressed interiors.
excellent work - very talented duo - delight to see such good quality design.....
Denizen are one of the more interesting practices in the UK and their work is always human in scale, considered and driven by an understanding, often of Scotland and its landscapes. There is a reason they have been respected and rewarded to date and I expect this home to be as good as their previous work.