Scotstoun House


As we drove up, I wasn’t terribly impressed. I had thought that Scotstoun House was residential, and I was looking forwards to seeing a modern house, so when we drove up to an office building I was prepared to be underwhelmed.

Scotstoun House was built in the 1960s as offices for Ove Arup by Peter Foggo. It has recently been re-modelled and extended.

I’ve been in countless office buildings which are only notable for their likeness : dark, grey, bland, worn out furniture. Why would an office worker need a window anyway? I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful this was inside.

The office worker who gave us the tour was lavish with her praise for the building. She said that people loved the new building, and that it wasn’t like being at work. The old building had small dark offices for 2-3 people. The new office is light and colourful.

Here you can see a corridor where the new building rests on the old building. Isn’t the concrete just beautiful?

And here is the same corridor from the outside, where the new building links to the old. It is an essay in textural contrast.

So, what can you take from such a building that can be applied to domestic architecture and interiors?

Lesson number one for me is the light : people are just so much happier in light, bright environments where they can see out to some green space.

Lesson number two is not to fight the architecture. The little bursts of colour in the furniture highlight the light and bright nature of the building, but they aren’t strong enough to compete with the brutalist concrete and steel which is surprisingly beautiful.

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