Design Awards 2015
Ronald McDonald House, Glasgow
Winner: Design Award
Ronald McDonald House has been conceived as a ‘home from home’, providing shelter and comfort to the families of children being treated at the new Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Calming, light-filled spaces flow throughout the building, articulating the function whilst gently uplifting the domestic forms within.
The architecture embodies the character of the surrounding shipbuilding, urban context but also addresses the inherent sensitivities of an end user reaching out for comfort and reassurance. The result is a series of vernacular white brick forms, interconnected by green roofed, white concrete porticos, in turn creating an industrial silhouette fronting Govan Road – shielding the house and courtyards from the noise of rumbling buses and screaming ambulances.
The domestic brick forms, punctuated with civic concrete sections, set up an architectural narrative, describing the role of the private and public spaces within.