Glasgow City Council's decision not to appoint Zaha Hadid to design phase two of its Homes for the Future project (AJ 3.5.01) was greeted with scorn by architectural commentators - not least AJ columnist Will Alsop. On this week's letters pages (20-21) RMJM Glasgow, the eventual winner of the competition, hits back at criticism and defends its project, unveiled here.
Designed by RMJM's Glasgow office in collaboration with Anderson Bell Christie, Zoo Architects and Guy Vaughan, working with developers Park Lane Developments, Bellway Homes and the Queen's Cross Group, the project includes 141 residential units at a cost of £18 million.
Located on the northern edge of Glasgow Green, the project seeks to 'extend Glasgow Green to London Road'with roof gardens, terraces, balconies, winter gardens and a landscaped court which serves as a social hub. The ample provision of trees and plants means that the project will change in character and become richer as the greenery matures.There is a build-up in height from north to south in order to take advantage of the southerly aspect and views over Glasgow Green, and a tower defines the corner of the site.
Each residential unit has a dedicated parking space: townhouses and terraces have integrated garage spaces; flats have on-street parking, or space in a semi-basement car park.
The ground floor is raised above the car park, providing privacy from pedestrians and traffic.