Urban Housing / Storytelling Centre © Nicola Wilson

Urban Housing / Storytelling Centre

Nicola Wilson

University of Strathclyde

Project Description

To Live/Work: Urban Housing - Student Accommodation, Trongate, Glasgow

Inspired by New York’s Highline, this scheme provides residents with green oasis spaces in the busy city centre. Trongate’s 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.

To Play: An Undergraduate Thesis - A Storytelling Centre, Gorbals, Glasgow

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 drum’s corten steel skin. The Centre allows the original building to live and breathe again, providing spaces for stories to be told, gathered and created.

Commended: A&DS Award for Best 3rd Year Student

A confident, well-considered and atmospheric set of drawings. The use of double and single height spaces adds originality
Judges’ Comments