Friary Court, Gorbals

This 71 apartment development for Miller Homes is set within a masterplan by Hypostyle Architects working for the Crown Street Project. The ‘A’ listed St. Francis Church & Friary by Pugin & Pugin (restored for community and amenity housing use by Page\Park 1995) provides the focus for 7 wedge-shaped blocks arranged around a semi-circular courtyard.

The otherwise traditional solid street block is thereby broken to give glimpses to the church. The wedge form ensures that the framed views are maximised by a trick of perspective whilst a deliberate contrast is set up between the solid mass of street form and the vertical towers of the inner court. A hidden internal street provides access to the apartments.