A defined series of apartment blocks to Norfolk Street provides a strong edge to the masterplan and a contemporary expression and reinterpretation of a traditional Glasgow tenemental block.
While the main elevation of the building on Norfolk Street offers a rhythm and quiet solidity in keeping with the surrounding tenement blocks, the composition of the gable provides a sculpted familiar permanence.
It was intended that a level of continuity and inheritance from context would be recognized in the architectural language and the new building is read as a valuable piece of townscape, belonging to and part of Laurieston.
The repetitive and ordered language of windows as a ‘grid’ was to allow for a formal composition to the block. By manipulating the scale of windows across the facade a subtle sense of relief and interplay is composed while retaining a strength in its verticality.
Brick has been chosen as the dominant material to give the buildings coherence and a feeling of longevity, as well as a physical connection to its neighbours. The choice of material was a key way to give meaning, memory and permanence.