Studio 9

The Sound of the Barras Humming

About the show

Proposals for the Glasgow Barrowlands

This year we were in Glasgow, on a site within the famous Barras market, a tight network of streets and sheds on the eastern fringe of the city centre in the Calton district. Empty on weekdays, bustling at the weekend, the Barras is one of Glasgow’s strangest, and most impoverished, townscapes. It is both carnivalesque (one market shed promises ‘shellfish, books, chiropodist’) and grindingly poor: the average male living in the housing that surrounds it has a life expectancy of 53.

To the south lies Glasgow Green, a 15th century park that has played a key role in the city’s social history. To the north, the medieval core, the gothic cathedral and the dramatic necropolis. In the heart of this you’ll find the Barras, fading, struggling, but somehow still alive.

With reference to the City Council’s Calton Barras Area Action Plan, a £3.5 million project to revitalise the district ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, students have developed proposals for one of a series of vacant plots and derelict warehouses in the centre of the market.

We started the year with a 4 week project in Margate, developing proposals for a site in the old town, before visiting Glasgow in November. In Glasgow we investigated and drew the city and the Barras, mapping Glasgow’s gridded structure and medieval street patterns, and met local artists, architects and historians working in and around the Barras.

Pamela Snow - Margate Collage

Exhibition details

Location Central House 4th Floor
Course Architecture BA (Hons) RIBA Part 1
Studio Studio 9

Students' work

 Pamela Snow
Pamela Snow Margate Collage Studio 9

Margate Collage incorporates historic images 

 Tom Melson
Tom Melson
Margate proposed elevation Studio 9

Margate proposed elevation 

 Studio 9
Studio 9 in the Barras

Studio 9 in the Barras 

 Jon Borberg
Jon Borberg Barrowlands Map Studio 9

Barrowlands Map 

 Tomomi Yamahara
Tomomi Yamahara Glasgow Stitch Studio 9

Glasgow Stitch 

 Jon Borberg
Jon Borberg Studio 9 Sculpture in the Barras

Barras One Minute Sculpture in the Barras 

 James Marks
James Marks
Barrowlands Section Studio 9

Barrowlands Section 

 Abigail Flanagan
Abigail Flanagan
Charcoal elevation study
Studio 9

Charcoal elevation study 

 Tom Melson
Tom Melson Block Analysis Studio 9

Block Analysis, The Barras 

 Tom Ayers
Tom Ayers Landscape Plan Studio 9

Proposed Landscape Plan 

 Pamela Snow
Pamela Snow Chimney Study Studio 9

CHP Chimney Study 

 Fatima Mohammed
Fatima Mohammed Barras Proposal Studio 9

Barras Proposal Studies, inspired by Aldo Rossi 

 Jake Arnfield
Jake Arnfield - Barrowlands Studio 9

Proposal for a Barrowlands Emaus 

 James Marks
James Marks
Proposed colonnade model studio 9

Proposed colonnade model 

 Nana Ewusi
Nana Ewusi
Light study, charcoal studio 9

Light study, charcoal 

 Tom Melson
Tom Melson
Democratic Space Studio 9

Democratic Space - Proposed interior study 

 Panos Kourkoumelis
Panos Kourkoumelis Proposal Studio 9

Proposal for a covered street 

 Jake Arnfield
Jake Arnfield
Barras Proposal Model Studio 9

Barras Proposal Model 

 Milana Raic
Milana Raic
‘The Green Barras’ studio 9

‘The Green Barras’ 

 Tom Melson
Tom Melson
Barras Council Chamber Studio 9

Barras Council Chamber