New Gorbals Housing Association
Crown Street, Gorbals, Glasgow G5 9XT
Internal Floor Area
New civic headquarters for the NGHA, set within the context of a walled courtyard garden and new public piazza in the heart of the Gorbals in Glasgow.
Red brick piers form a thick outer wall of rhythmic variations supporting a variety of glazed openings. Timber lined interiors are used to create a soft working environment of sweeping forms within an open plan layout. South facing wall to wall glazing connects the ground floor spaces to the externally landscaped courtyard garden.
The building provides four flats which are connected and serviced by the adjacent development, providing additional accommodation for NGHA. Each flat is secured by design certified and designed with a wide demographic in mind, allowing users with mobility issues to function independently.
The internal office is structured around a large open plan mezzanine which benefits from ample natural light from duel aspect glazing. Break-out areas and bespoke seating ‘pods’ are located at various locations along the circulation areas to encourage casual meeting and interaction. The client was keen to provide a large open reception space which could host temporary exhibitions and presentations.
The brief was to increase the office capacity for the NGHA, to allow the organisation to grow.
Timber and facing brick are interchanged to create a robust office environment with natural textures and tones. A Scotch Larch timber balustrade, containing services and storage, sweeps through the spaces creating a soft internal setting. All desk spaces benefit from window views or views over the mezzanine, taking advantage of the duel aspect orientation.