WHERE IS IT? In the south side area of Govanhill, near the Larkfield Centre at the corner of Cathcart Road and Butterbiggins Road
Designed by artist Claire Barclay and architect firm Studio KAP, this was one of five projects created for Glasgow’s “Five Spaces” initiative in 1999, the Year of Architecture and Design.
Resembling a modern-day pigeon doocot, Barclay wanted to provide a community space with various uses folded together. Mixing new and recycled materials, she created a garden store, workshop, library, growing shelves and viewing platform, all within the narrow confines of the three-storey timber construct, which has a foundation of 2 metres square. The design also incorporated photovoltaic panels to generate solar energy, combining with the small space to ask questions about attitudes to natural resources and overpopulation.
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