Urban Housing in the Barras.

The two main focuses of this thesis lie in the domestic community and the visibility of the labor done within that community.

This district will be home to makers and traders who work and live within the community. Domesticity and labor will be re-aggregated in the district, with makers and traders living adjacent to their studios, workshops, markets, kitchens, cafes etc.


The domestic spaces will be built on the model of private cells and communal facilities; kitchens, washrooms, gardens. With the shared facilities on the ground floor, with access out into the yards and gardens in the district, and the private living and sleeping quarters on the upper levels. This is put in place to reinvigorate community and quality of living, creating wider connections across families whilst maintaining a sense of intimacy for each individual. The shared domestic facilities will become the heart of the community, with the acts of domestic labour being relieved of burden, the visibility of these acts is maximised and value is placed on the joint effort within the community.


The labour spaces will be in buildings adjacent to the domestic blocks, following the same model as the domestic space; with permeable workshop facilities on the bottom for heavier crafts, and more intimate studios on the upper levels. These spaces will be inhabited by trades peoples and craftsmen who will produce goods that will then be traded back through existing markets in the district. Industries will include textiles. carpentry, ceramics, repair work, artists etc. Common Condition, Domestic and labour spaces will share the same presence in the block, both accessing yards and gardens, communal kitchens etc.

The distinction between domestic and labour space will be made through architecture, with domestic buildings donning smaller residential size windows and with labour spaces having large, dominant windows. Referring back to the notion of visibility and celebration of labour. Movement through the district will be promoted by people walking across gardens and yards to get to their studios/workshops, to hang their washing out, to meet friends in the kitchen and tend fruit and veg in the urban garden.

Site Axonometric

The urban housing scheme forms a completed block with two courtyards, one social and one work yard and bridge forms creating an entrance into the scheme from the street.

Location Plan

The site, located in the heart of the East End of Glasgow, in the Barrowlands, surrounded by the important cultural monuments of the Barrowland Ballroom and the Barra's market, with Glasgow Green and the People's Palace to the south.

Ground Plan

Ground level, with communal kitchens in domestic blocks, shared workshop and commercial units in the labour blocks, a social bar yard to the left which BAAD opens out onto, and a workyard on the right.

Upper Plan

First to third level plan, with a range of apartment types in the domestic blocks, and artist and maker studios in the labour blocks.

North - South Section

Section through domestic and labour blocks on the north and south and the social courtyard in between.

East - West Section

Elevation Thumbnails

Elevation motifs showing the side by side distinction between the domestic and labour facades, with domestic blocks having smaller windows and the labour blocks donning larger studio-esque windows.

Archetypal Cells Layouts

A closer look at the archetypal domestic cells. With a range of one to three bed apartments on the upper levels and communal kitchens and laundry rooms on the ground floor.

Interaction Diagram

Commercial (orange) on the street. Workshops (blue) onto the courtyards.

Courtyard Diagram

Left courtyard: social/bar yard Right Courtyard: work yard

Domestic and Labour Interaction Diagram (Upper Level)

This diagram shows how on the upper levels the domestic cell and the labour cell sit side by side with a circulation block inbetween.

Domestic and Labour Interaction Diagram (Ground Level)

This diagram shows how on the ground level the domestic cell's kitchen and laundry zone and the labour cell's workshop and retail space sit side by side with a circulation block inbetween.

Reuse of Existing Building

This diagram puts forward a proposal for how the existing block in the middle of the scheme can be utilised for social and cultural social space supporting the residencies.

Facade and Form Exploration

Model Photos

1:500 model of the scheme