The Pipe Factory

Competition Entry | Gallowgate, Glasgow

The Pipe Factory is an artist run space in The Barras, Glasgow. The building, a former pipe factory, is an unusual colourful brick construction, quite unique to Glasgow.

Dress for the Weather were invited to a design competition to reconfigure and refurbish the current gallery and studio spaces. Our approach was to create a threshold moving up the building of messy to clean spaces with a more considered approach to public and private space.

Existing brick walls and multi-layered colourful decorative features were proposed to be retained on lower floors while the top floor was a lined, pristine gallery space with top light and open floor plan. Although the building divides between public and private, thought has gone into the arrival point at each floor to create both a control point for visitors to studios but also to allow a glimpse of activity and variation for those moving between floors.