The Atlas of the North

Through the anthropomorphication of architecture, we have given buildings life. They have bones, and a skin that breathes, following circulation, devoid of any reference to anatomy, lands you at the building’s centre; its heart. Considering this sentiment, a building as a living entity, this thesis also adheres to Jane Jacob’s adage that ‘Buildings Must Die’. Sparked by the mass demolition Glasgow has faced since the 1960’s Comprehensive Development Plan, this thesis will act as a memento mori to the built fabric of our environment. Immortalising the lost and forgotten histories of Glasgow’s former industrial centres through a memorial; acting as both monument and museum. In a bid to promote the salvation of these ruins, the project will culminate in the restoration of the Springburn Winter Gardens. Where the historic built form will become the epicentre of hope for the future, and its proposed neighbour will reflect on the loss of the past. Doing so though a collation of salvaged material from near by demolition sites. As the project takes on the ethos of circular economy, it will extend the living metaphor in reclaimed materiality; prolonging the material lifecycle from cradle to grave – to cradle to cradle.

Whole Scheme Axo in Context

The Reflection Courtyard

The Museum of Lost Glasgow

The Public Halls

Memories Moment

The Futures Rooms

The Springburn Winter Gardens

Detailed Section through the Futures Room Series

Detailed Section through the Memorial Monument

Structural Breakdown of Components

Final Drop