the masterplan

the masterplan

the art square

the art square

the art square at night

the art square at night

plan + section

plan + section

plan + section

plan + section

viewing opportunities

viewing opportunities

material palette

material palette

accessibility

accessibility

housing unit layouts

housing unit layouts

volumetric anatomy

volumetric anatomy

views of proposed blocks

views of proposed blocks

WEST ART SQUARE

 

sector // masterplanning

location // glasgow, uk

year // 2015

stage // conceptual

The West Art Square is a fourteen-acre urban housing proposal located on the former Western Infirmary site; a discourse undertaken to connect the surrounding urban landscape with the imperative themes of conservation, adaptive reuse and exploration of new housing typologies. The composition of the masterplan is driven by the idea of devising a public square in front of the sightly century-old G block infirmary building, and then to re-purpose the historically-significant buildings (reused as art institutions, galleries etc). The housing schemes which predominantly sit around the square and along Church Street are a mix of flats,studios and retail to acknowledge the vibrancy of the surrounding urban fabric and as supply for the prevalent working-class demographic.
 

The proposal is neighboured by the east wing by the University of Glasgow and is tailored to align with their vision of establishing an artisan culture outside of its campus. The proposal was exhibited in The Lighthouse, Glasgow and presented to a panel of keen stakeholders during an Urban Symposium in late 2015.