Extension of regional culture – Barras Cultural Centre
Through the research on Calton, it was found that music has a great meaning to Calton. From the Metropale Theatre, one of Glasgow’s first concert halls, to the famous Barrowland Ballroom and now Barras Art and Design, Calton has always been about music and the arts. However, preliminary research revealed that Calton’s art and music-related buildings were spread across different parts of Calton and were not concentrated, making it difficult for people with similar interests to meet and interact with each other. The decision was made to continue the culture of the area and to design an integrated cultural centre in site where people can meet and relax.
In comparison with other areas of Glasgow, Calton is poorer and has a high crime rate. Around 40% of children who live in Calton are from low income family and 36% of residents are overcrowded.Acultural centre space for surroundings which could provide them a place to read, to learn music instrument, to rent art studios in low cost and to communicate.
It is hope that this venuecould bring a vibrant public space to the community for all age groups. Some of the causes of the high crime rate are poverty and a lack of good guidance. At the same time, arts are not and should not be exclusive to the wealthy. Hope this cultural centre could provide opportunities and venue for the less affluent families and children to learn music, read, attend exhibitionsand performances, and in the future, to change the environment of the community.
It is also hope to provide a space for people who live in overcrowded spaces to meet, interact, relax and have fun.