Speirs Locks Studios

Speirs Locks Studios

Speirs Locks Studios, Malcolm Fraser Architects, David Morris

Architect: Malcolm Fraser Architects

Client: RSAMD

Photographer: David Morris

Four, nondescript, 1980s portal frame buildings have been skilfully and economically transformed into new technical teaching areas, including design studios, teaching rooms, a wardrobe department with paint, timber and stage workshops for the Royal Academy of Music and Drama.

It is a strongly detailed transformation with an industrial aesthetic. Circulation is organised on two levels giving views down to the workshops from the upper level. A separate entrance accesses four new, naturally lit, studios for students of contemporary ballet and musical theatre. The building has been re-roofed. New windows and profiled cladding further enhance its energy efficiency. A large, brightly painted sign, direct onto the existing brickwork marks the advent of this important new cultural asset for this area of Glasgow.  

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