Barras Centre for the Spoken Word
In the book, “Barrapatter: an oral history of the Barras Market” (1983), Alex Knox remarks, “Ever since I can remember, the Barras were there and would always be there’’.
The Barras Market will always hold its place as a Glaswegian institution, but in which form, remains to be seen. If traditional market trading continues to diminish, what record will exist of the Barras and its vibrant history?
The Barras Centre for the Spoken Word is informed by the rich and important history of the Barras Market as a platform for verbal exchange.
The proposal seeks to provide a hub that acts as an extension of the marketplace and celebrate the dialogues of past and present through a spoken word repository.
Individual stories and collective memories are recorded within and form part of an ongoing archive, curated by and for the community. An enclosed auditorium provides an intimate space for speech and storytelling whilst becoming a central point to the scheme.
The glulam frame and brick construction creates a rhythm and massing which draws on the regularity of the neighbouring industrial buildings. Sculptural bottle shaped recording vessels are observed from Bain street and evoke the historic kilns of the next-door pipe factory.