St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross: Manifesto for Landscape Intervention, Landscape Journal
Posted / Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
The School of Architecture + Landscape’s staff member, Carine Brannan, has had her article, on the ambitious scheme to reclaim the future of the world-renowned St Peter’s Seminary, published in this summer’s edition of ‘Landscape’ – Journal of the Landscape Institute.
St Peter’s was awarded the prestigious RIBA Architecture Award in 1967 and recognised for its architectural importance in 2005 when it was listed by the World Monument Fund as one of the world’s most endangered buildings.
What is most fascinating in the regeneration process is the decision to place the surrounding landscape as the conceptual starting point of the project with an emphasis on the landscape as a tool to re-animate the site. Most notable, this project’s boldest innovation is the consideration of this iconic building as a sculptural element within the landscape.
The ruined St Peter’s Seminary, on the outskirts of Glasgow, is all that remains today of a radical 1960’s modernist building. This highly contested site has been the subject of much debate regarding its possible fate since it was abandoned to the forces of nature over 30 years ago. Now Scottish based environmental art agency NVA’s campaign to resuscitate St Peter’s has received a significant boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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