Design Awards 2016
The Saunders Centre - The Glasgow Academy
Page Park Architects
Winner: Design Award
The requirement to keep abreast of the current needs and expectations in the sciences has resulted in a significant new urban block for the Academy. The building includes a new 178 capacity auditorium complemented by a generous foyer that wraps around the sculptural elliptical form. Surmounting this floor of teaching and lecture spaces is a floor each for Physics, Biology and Chemistry where four general teaching labs together with a sixth year lab are arranged along a glazed break out and bay windowed passage overlooking the historic main school. This overall setting has benefitted from our team working with the school to design every aspect. The design of fittings, selection of furniture and bespoke graphics and signage bring together both the architecture and interior. The concrete structure is clad in a pattern of precast panels, rising from a ground floor pilaster faced open foyer, through a sequence of bay windows to a reinterpretation of the Glasgow dormer at roof level.