About the project
In 2000 Gareth Hoskins Architects won an open competition to design a new arts venue in Easterhouse for Glasgow City Council. The Bridge Arts Centre nestles between the existing community swimming pool and the John Wheatley College, to form Easterhouse Cultural Campus, and provides a naturally ventilated auditorium space, rehearsal workshops, recording suites, education and gallery spaces, cafe and community library.
Funded by a range of sources including local government, Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund and European Regional Development Fund, the project challenges the notion of a traditional 'arts' building. It aims to create a new focus for people within one of Glasgow's peripheral housing estates, to engage with and take part in the arts, and also endeavours to stimulate regeneration of the surrounding area. The building form, dictated by the site, is that of a simple rectangular timber box, housing the auditorium, adjacent to a double height triangular volume containing the library and learning spaces.