Inspired by New Yorks Highline, this scheme provides residents with green oasis spaces in the busy city centre. Trongates urban grittiness is embraced through materiality by using exposed concrete and brick, with accentuates of timber floors and furnishings to soften the design. The design concept is playful, mirroring the young student inhabitants with two flat types: the Chairs flat with revolving chairs folding out into screens, and the Stairs flat: stairs encouraging conversations with landings on different levels.
The Storytelling Centre reanimates the railway Union Line and abandoned Cumberland Street Station in the Gorbals, an area with a growing family community that could greatly benefit from a hub of literacy and creativity. The people of the Gorbals stories would be told through the design, their words perforated into the drums corten steel skin. The Centre allows the original building to live and breathe again, providing spaces for stories to be told, gathered and created.
A confident, well-considered and atmospheric set of drawings. The use of double and single height spaces adds originalityJudges’ Comments