Ian Ritchie Architects won an international competition in June 1997 to design innovative social housing on a site in East Glasgow overlooking Glasgow Green.
The client, Thenew Housing Association, was supported by Scottish Homes and Glasgow UK City of Architecture & Design 1999. The 1999 programme's aim was to celebrate the best in contemporary architecture and design to improve the quality of living in the city, through a process involving people with the design and development of their city.
Visits and design discussions were held with Thenew tenants to understand their expectations and to explore new ideas.
The client's aspirations were to develop innovative solutions for the provision of housing on an inner-city site which would provide long term desirable, affordable, environmentally sustainable and attractive homes, and which would be recognised as a world-class urban housing project capable of providing a pattern making vision of city housing for the next century.
A contemporary shelter is one which must provide and adapt to changing financial security for non-owners, and is fundamentally a space which can be economically built and repeatedly customised over many decades in response to changes in family structure, living patterns and mobility.
Sound isolation, sunlight, low bills and low maintenance are priorities.
Future Homes : image from Ian Ritchie Architects
Part of the art of residential design is understanding and balancing the private and the public elements in a manner which is urban. The 'outdoor' room and redefining the living space offer new ways of interpreting this urbanity. It is this new synergy - space(s) inhabitant(s) in tune with our age - where modernism's segregation of work, play and living accommodation is no longer valid.
Housing has to try and catch up with the way most people now live.
Scotland's Home for Tomorrow - Awards
Regeneration of Scotland Supreme Award 2000
Civic Trust Award 2002
Ian Ritchie Architects - Glasgow building information