Inspired by the idea of the re-conquered street, our project proposes a sustainable urban community within contemporary Glasgow, in the Merchant City. Traditionally, this historic part of Glasgow was characterised by vibrant street life with ground floor activity, markets and stalls opening onto the street. Using the street as a communal living room, we have tried to inject a spirited street life back into the area through a variety of sustainable and community based ground floor uses.
Historical investigations lead us to recreate historic routes through the site. Through this and introducing a variety of public and private courts, we have opened up the block allowing it to contribute to the urban landscape.
The result is a vibrant residential area for people of all ages, classes and cultures. Offering new patterns of movement, nodes, attractions and new venues, has allowed us to revitalise the urban community of the Merchant City.
Street frontages, relationships of structures within the block and the depths of the plan are all carefully considered in this judicious revisiting of the Merchant Citys morphology. The design exemplifies the crucial importance of putting the emphasis on people.Judges’ Comments