January 31, 2015

Together, the semi-ancient woodland of Kilmahew with the uncompromising architecture of St Peter’s seminary at its heart, represent a compelling cultural and educational resource and opportunity.

NVA have a vision to rescue, restore and reinvigorate this outstanding example of 20th century architectural heritage and bring it back into productive public use.

The new year has seen a strong call for support and NVA’s campaign, A FUTURE RECLAIMED, represents a real chance to save Kilmahew / St.Peter’s, providing a superb new arts venue and place of learning.

CNN_These are 2015′s most exciting building projects

BBC_Turning a 1960′s ruin into art

The Guardian _A second coming for Scotland’s modernist masterpiece

Scottishmotorman_A bird’s eye view of St Peter’s Seminary






Season’s Greetings
December 23, 2014

Season’s Greetings from all at NORD and best wishes for 2015. Our offices will be closed from Tuesday 23rd December until Monday 5th January 2015.

NORD Merry Christmas 2014 - Web

Architects’ Journal NO 20 / VOL 240
December 01, 2014

NORD’s new cinema 3 auditorium for the Glasgow Film Theatre feature’s in this weeks Architects’ Journal.

AJ Building Case Study : Ready for its close-up

Project photographs by Dapple Photography are now online.

NORD are currently developing the second phase of works which is planned for 2016. The works will focus on foyer spaces in particular with the creation of the new main & snug bars, kiosks facilities and the reconfiguration of the public toilet facilities.

The project will also focus of the circulation sequence and wayfinding throughout the building making fully accessible by placement of a new foyer platform lift and also, as a central piece of drama, by re-introducing and re-interpretting the original foyer butterfly staircase.


GFT AJ NEWS - Reduced

November 30, 2014

NORD are proud to announce that they have been appointed as part of a dynamic design team, led by London-based Avanti Architects, to develop plans for the restoration of St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross.

Designed by Isi Metzstein & Andy MacMillan (Gillespie Kidd & Coia) and winner of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1969, the world famous St Peter’s seminary set in the former Kilmahew estate has been abandoned for over 25 years. Plans are now underway to resuscitate this architectural icon and its surrounding landscape to create a unique art, heritage and educational resource in the west of Scotland.

Led by Glasgow-based public art charity NVA, the proposals have garnered high level political and financial support and plans are progressing well. The project has over £5 million of private and public investment in place to support the capital works and its first five year activity programme.

“NVA’s plans represent an unheralded form of regeneration; one that accepts loss and ruination as part of the site history. Our plans offer a singular and dramatic set of spaces to release new uses and new ways of framing human activity. We make no separation between the natural landscape and the buildings; both have different layers within the overarching narrative and are the places that we draw from. So much of our learning, from childhood onwards takes place indoors in dull, stifling environments. So why not spend time somewhere that feels like a day off from your ordinary life?”

_Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of NVA

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November 17, 2014

NORD are delighted to have been awarded a Glasgow Institute of Architects Design Award for The Glasgow Film Theatre’s Cinema 3.

The winners of the GIA Awards were announced at the Annual Members Dinner on the 14th November 2014.

The Glasgow Film Theatre – Cinema 3 won in the Leisure/Arts category.


GFT_GIA Awards 2014

LECTURE: Re-Making Places: Lessons from Melbourne and Scotland
November 17, 2014

NORD & University of Melbourne’s Professor Alan Pert along with Professor Rob Adams, Director of City Design, Melbourne share experiences from Melbourne and Glasgow.

The talk compliments the launch of the Postcode 3000 exhibition at The Lighthouse and the event is supported by The Academy of Urbanism, along with the Scottish Government, Local Authority Urban Design Forum (LAUDF) and the Scottish Cities Alliance. Professor Adams has worked with Jan Gehl and others in re-making the city centre of Melbourne focusing on streets and their life.

Postcode 3000: A City Transformed? is open to the public at Architecture and Design Scotland, Level 2, The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, G1 3NU, daily until 28 January 2015.




Ernest Fooks (Ernest Leslie Fuchs) Retrospective
September 14, 2014

NORD are collaborating with the Melbourne School of Design on an retrospective exhibition of the work of Emigre Architect & Artist Ernest Fooks.

Dr Ernest Fooks was an influential European trained architect who made a significant contribution to architecture, town planning, design education in Australia and to the cultural life of Melbourne after emigrating to the city during the Second World War.

Fooks was a key advocate of the International Modern Movement in Australian architecture.


Ernest Fooks

Freefall Experience, Canberra
September 14, 2014

Prof. Alan Pert’s Freefall Experience competition entry ‘The Theatre of Engineering – The Tower of Knowledge’ has been selected as part of 10 for exhibition & publication.

The Freefall Experience Design Ideas Competition was launched in 2013 during Canberra’s centenary celebrations. The competition invited Australian engineers and other creative professionals to design a showcase installation in the Freefall forest to be enjoyed by visitors for decades to come and which would celebrate engineering innovation and excellence.

Entry R19006 – The Tower of Knowledge

The Theatre of Engineering proposes a theatrical celebration of 100 years of engineering in Australia through the construction and re-construction of a tower structure, moving from form into landscape. The inverted tower as stage appropriates and occupies existing features of the Arboretum over a curated event encompassing 100 days of scenes and projects which aim to engage the community of engineers in a project of memory and growth.

The Tower of Knowledge
Northern Office for Research & Design
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