As part of the Glasgow Institute of Architects 150th Anniversary celebrations in 2018 we want to realise a previous award winning project.
The Alexander 'Greek' Thomson Scholarship was won by Dress for the Weather in 2012 for their Paper Parlour project.
The Paper Parlour is a proposal to carpet the parlour room at Holmwood House with paper stood on its end. The use of modular paper is in reference to the original client for the house as well as the pattern and decoration applied by Thomson in the house.
Alexander 'Greek' Thomson was a founding member of the Glasgow Institute of Architects. He is known for his neo-classical style, with particular emphasis on Greek ornament. This project takes this idea of ornamental architecture and the classical order but applies this through the use of standard paper modules within a 'corniced' floor.
Holmwood House was completed in 1858 and is seen as his finest piece of residential architecture. It is located in Cathcart, Glasgow.
The house combines an incredibly intricate pattern and texture with a clever composition of spaces required by the client. The architecture combines a number of architectural forms to compliment the functioning of the house while also creating an external appearance that is both complex and interesting.
Glasgow Institute of Architects
The Glasgow Institute of Architects, of which Thomson was a founding member, is an organisation which promotes and supports architecture within the city. This project was originally designed by Dress for the Weather in response to a competition by the GIA. The competition called for a project that would 'Reinvent the Parlour at Holmwood House' and was connected to the institutes Greek Thomson Scholarship.
Dress for the Weather
Dress for the Weather is an architecture studio. Our work with buildings and art responds to its context.
We use a study of our surroundings to build layers of understanding about a particular place and formulate ideas around a challenge to that environment, rather than an acceptance of it.
This project is an extension of that approach, combining artistic practice with an understanding of both the client and architect of an important piece of Glasgow architecture.
National Trust for Scotland
The National Trust for Scotland own and manage Holmwood House and over the years have undertaken extensive conservation and restoration works to the property. Over the past few years the house has adapted to a revival in interest in Alexander Thomson by expanding their programme of events to include arts activities.
The Paper Parlour project is an exciting opportunity to explore a temporary, site-specific artwork within a conservation and heritage environment.