HAGGS GATE // GLASGOW CITY
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Large Scale Development
The Haggs Gate development comprises 116 residential units set out in 4 large apartment blocks situated on a Brownfield site between the edge of Pollok Park and Haggs Road.
GIA Design Awards 2010 – Commendation
Working with the
Respect the landscape setting
and the traditional building
patterns of the locality
Responding to the
Consider the immediate context
and allow specific site conditions
to influence design
Inspirational ideas for
and innovative design
- The scheme is influenced by the context of Pollok Park and the woodland surroundings, creating a new structured landscaped setting.
- There are garden spaces in between each block that allow a visual connection to the backdrop of Pollok Park.
- The western elevations are designed to maximise the relationship of the building with the landscape and connect the interior of all the principal living spaces to the park.
- The high degree of material specification and large extents of glazing to the west elevations is contrasted by a simple formal repetitive architectural language on the east elevations facing the street.
- The concept was to design the housing so that all living apartments had west facing views onto the mature tree canopy of the park, with these façades extensively utilising glass and copper.
- The design approach delivers a pragmatic response to the physical constraints of the site; its geometry and boundary conditions.
- The western edge offered the best position for the siting of the accommodation, allowing the new access road and parking to be situated at the eastern edge, acting as a buffer zone to the railway. The intermediate triangle between the road and building has then been maximised, to become a communal landscaped garden.
- The significance of placing buildings on this site meant that a range of environmental ideas were proposed to enhance the concept of making spaces for living in this particular context.
- Artists Trish Cain and Alec Galloway were appointed, after winning a select competition, to deliver an arts strategy for the project, which involves a unique physical interpretation of the woodland setting.
- The development attempts to create a strong sense of place and identity to follow the principles of Designing Places.
Image © Andrew Lee
Page updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2012