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Institutes of Virology and Genetics

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Basil Spence
 
location Glasgow
function hospital, laboratorium
contributed by wim

Two linked buildings dating from 1961 through 1966. The Institute of Virology is the four storey building on Church Street (1961) and the Institute of Genetics is a striking nine storey block (1966) on the corner of Church Street and Dumbarton Road which unusually contains a paternoster. Both buildings are finished in panels of mosaic tile and the Institute of Virology has a protruding entrance finished in rough hewn slate. Both buildings are in poor external condition yet the elegant character and proportions shine through - dilapidation, grime and adhoc additions do not detract from the composition. The buildings are remarkably sympathetic to their urban setting although they are almost universally hated by most planners, urbanists and townscapers. The University of Glasgow is considering the future of the buildings and they may be demolished in the next few years - which would be a great loss to the city.

 

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scarpadog says:
not sure when they clad the lift tower, it has the random glazing patten that has been fashionable for the past few years and could look great with a little tlc
Glasgow, United Kingdom 22-Sep-10
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Institutes of Virology and Genetics
Address
Church Street 23
United Kingdom
Project is not public!
How to get there? Kelvin Hall Subway Station then two blocks to the east along Dumbarton Road.
Completion 1960
Cost € 235000,-
ArchitectBasil Spence
Client University of Glasgow
 
Project ID 6091
Latitude/Longitude 55°52'14N 04°17'49W
Contributed by wim
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