Interior Design School of Design

Ishika Talukdar


As a creative individual, I have always been inquisitive about how the world around me works, constantly pondering how problem solving and design can transform our cities. I am passionate about bringing people together and envisioning how urban environments can be improved to create a better future, providing areas for rest, play, and functionality.

For my final year project, I focused on the heritage of the Forth and Clyde Canal, aiming to engage a diverse user group in learning about the prosperity it has brought to Glasgow. I curated an interactive exhibition space centred on the canal’s trade history and canal boats, inspired by my personal memories of visiting the Hong Kong Science Museum during my childhood. This project not only educates visitors about the canal’s historical significance but also encourages leisure activities close to the city, fostering a deeper connection between current, as well as, future residents, and this waterway.

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1. The Site
2. The Concept
3. The Space
4. The Curation

1. The Site

Nestled along the tranquil Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow, the Hamiltonhill Basin Works stands as a testament to the city’s rich industrial past since its construction in 1777. This B-listed building, the oldest on the canal, exudes historical significance, having served as a bustling terminal, workshop, and warehouse. Spanning 50 meters, the building silently witnessed the vibrant trade that once defined Glasgow’s canal system. Currently unoccupied and echoing its storied past, the building beckons for a revival that respects its heritage and revilalises the area. Located a few minutes away from residential flats, it presents a prime redevelopment opportunity. Transforming this dormant space into a harmonious blend of contemporary functionality and historical charm, breathing new life into the canal.

2. The Concept



The restored canal, though revamped in 2002, remains largely underutilised with mainly office spaces and luxury flats. This project aims to reshape the connection between the building, sidewalk, and canal boats, creating a space for diverse activities like leisure, dining, shopping, education, and social interaction. Honouring Glasgow’s trade history, a heritage centre will pay tribute to the canal’s past role in the city’s prosperity, featuring curated exhibits and interactive educational spaces to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of Glasgow’s history.





This space should serve as a vibrant hub, attracting the public to the canal while showcasing and educating about Glasgow’s rich trade legacy. The design must seamlessly blend the past and present, creating an immersive experience that engages visitors and fosters a deep appreciation for heritage through exhibition spaces and activities. It will offer opportunities for leisure, education, interaction, and unique experiences. Beyond being a destination, it aims to catalyse change by integrating play, education, and leisure along the canal. Positioned just minutes from the city centre, it will draw not only locals but also tourists, transforming it into an untapped oasis.




Space Must Include:

  • Heritage Inspired Activities
  • Lift access and stair access
  • Staff Room/ Offices
  • Toilets
  • Gift Shop
  • Exhibition Spaces
  • How was the canal built?
  • What were the trade industries?
  • History of shipbuilding





The primary demographic envisioned for this space comprises individuals seeking a respite during their leisurely strolls along the canal. Targeting local residents in the vicinity, the space aims to provide them with a welcoming haven for relaxation, dining, and showcasing a period inspired atmosphere. Moreover, it caters to the sensibilities of those with a keen interest in Glasgow’s rich heritage, the arts, and immersive live experiences. The space is strategically positioned to draw in those who harbour a curiosity for cultural exchange, offering a platform for recreational engagements. Thus, this multifaceted initiative seeks to cater to a diverse audience, enhancing the appeal of the space as a versatile destination along the canal.

Site Context

The Hamiltonhill Basin Workshops, steeped in heritage, is situated along the Fourth and Clyde Canal on 1 Applecross Street, G4 9SP.

Existing Site Plans

User Typology

3. The Space

This section delves into the user experience within the space, guiding you through each area from start to finish. As you navigate through, you’ll encounter visual representations of the various spaces, with a particular focus on the design elements that define each one.

Floor Plans - First Floor

Floor Plans - Ground Floor

Floor Plans - First Floor

Floor Plans - First Floor

Outdoor Plans

Outdoor Plans

Transport Boat Interior Visual

floor plan admission


floor plan admission



Part 1

Exhibition Space 1

Transition Space

floor plan part 1

Exhibition Space 2

part 2

Transition 2

Transition 2

floor plan part 2

part 3

Exhibition Space 3

VR Room

Screen Room

Transition Space 3

floor plan part 3

Exhibition Space 4

Part 4

Gift Shop

floor plan part 4

Outdoor Space

Boat Cafe

floor plan outdoor


4. The Curation

The Curation Booklet Flip Through

This booklet showcases the curated exhibitions in an analouge format, offering a glimpse into the envisioned interactive exhibits. It provides an idea of how these interactive experiences would be presented and invites the audience to visualize the proposed outcome.