GIA Design Award 2005
Location / Glasgow
Client / Glasgow University
Status / Completion 2004
Sector / Higher Education
The Institute of Comparative Medicine is a high quality research facility established to promote collaboration between two existing departments of the University's Veterinary School and provide centralised facilities to advance the work of several international research groups.
"The judges were in no doubt that the Institute of Comparative Medicine designed by McLean Architects for Glasgow University at their Garscube Estate was deserving of an Award." - GIA
"The building - or rather its architects - dealt effortlessly with the difficult task of linking two existing buildings at different levels" - GIA
"A simple palette of materials was used in an often unusual way, providing a series of very attractive break-out and circulation spaces." - GIA
Varying façade treatments reflect the internal organisation of the building. A standing seam roof rises above the projecting box and floats above an external balcony.
On the top floor is an informal meeting place to enhance interaction between researchers and promote team work.
"The building appeared to provide a wonderful place to work for University staff, and took advantage of views wherever they could be had. Clean, crisp and robust: our congratulations go to McLean Architects." - GIA
A glazed wall frames wonderful views over the campus and sunlight penetrates the space through a roof light above the main corridor.