A Place for Culinary Exchange
Whilst the exterior responds to the context of Glasgow, folding inwards to immerse visitors in a microcosm of the city, the interior speaks of the various migrant cultures that make up Glasgow through shared culinary experiences.
My thesis is motivated by the effect our built environment can have on our social well-being, and the role of social infrastructure in the city. So I have proposed that through pursuing inclusivity, whilst establishing belonging, you can design a place that promotes community cohesion and fosters social resilience.
This is increasingly relevant as various social fractures, worldwide events, cultural attitudes, and political decisions, have created and highlighted major divisions in society. In acknowledgement of the role architecture can play as a narrative of context and culture, I have chosen to represent Glasgow’s migrant cultures.
Cultural identity can be demonstrated through food and this is the key programmatic driver for my scheme. The variety of experiences centred around food, provide various opportunities for meeting, sharing, and participation. Ultimately creating a place for people to gather, develop shared understandings of cultures, and be inclusive to the diverse population of Glasgow.