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Blochairn Housing/Offices, Scotland, UK

Collective Architecture

Blochairn Place is a scheme of 100 flats and office for Blochairn Housing Association in Glasgow started on site in 2007 and completed Spring 2011. The former brown field site is located on what was a tar depot, in the North East of the City not far from the infamous tower blocks of Red Road.

It is situated in a triangle of land between a railway and two busy roads.  The project comprises of four individual buildings set around a central courtyard and children’s play area.  The general layout and positioning of the buildings was dictated by the site’s former industrial uses. 

Each building has a different size and purpose.  The smallest is a terrace of six 3 storey town houses. Going clockwise around the site, the second building rises to 5 storeys, the third is a 7 storey tower and the final building is 4 storeys.  These all contain a mix of 2 and 3 bedroom flats.  The Housing association office is located at the prominent corner junction of Blochairn and Royston roads.

The scale of the site and the mix of building forms required a strong architectural theme to hold it together and give a sense of place.  This was achieved by use of materials.  A soft rustic brick was used to face the outward sides of the low buildings and a chequer board of cladding tiles to face the courtyard. 

These materials were teamed with Tecu Oxide Neu Copper sheeting, chosen for both its industrial quality but also for its lustrous colour and strong, ribbed texture. This gives the seven storey tower a strong presence on the site.  The copper runs through the whole project, highlighting the closes and forming details such as the close entrance canopies.

 

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Building

Owner: 
Blochairn Housing Association
Completion date: 
2010
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Glasgow
Street: 
Blochairn Road

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Pre-oxidised
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Collective Architecture
Address & description: 
Top Floor Mercat Building26 GallowgateGLASGOWG1 5AB

Awards

Season: 
2011

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