Queen’s Park Arena

At the beginning of May 2010 we submitted an entry to a competition to design a new bandstand/arena for Queen’s Park situated on the southside of Glasgow. The brief was to create ‘a modern, multi-purpose performance and activity space for community and visiting arts groups with capacity to accommodate small (up to 300) and large (up to c900) audiences’.

Following a consultation event and drawing on my own experience of attending outdoor events in Scotland, a decision was made to develop a design which provides some degree of protection from the Scottish weather. It was felt this would also provide the opportunity for the structure to become a destination and meeting place throughout the year.

The resulting design draws on influence from large-scale landscape sculptures and installations. As the structure will sit in a park setting there is little built context surrounding it, this led me towards adopting a more sculptural approach to the arena.

The design consists of three elements, one containing services, one the stage and the larger element cover the existing terraced area.

The scheme has been shortlisted for inclusion in an exhibition to be held as part of the 2010 southside festival being held on 22/23 May

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