Friday, 5 August 2011

St Peter's Seminary and BOAC

St Peter's Seminary is a disused Roman Catholic seminary in Cardross built 1961-66. It was built by Scottish architects Gillespie, Kidd & Coia and is considered
to be one of the most important modernist buildings in Scotland. GKC are well known for their application of modernism to institutional buildings such as churches and university buildings. Heavily influenced by Le Corbusier the architectural critic Jonathan Glancey wrote,

"The architecture of Le Corbusier translated well into Scotland in the 1960s. Although the climate of the south of France and west of Scotland could hardly be more different, Corbu's roughcast concrete style, could, in the right hands, be seen as a natural successor or complement to traditional Scottish tower houses with their rugged forms and tough materials".

Although there are no immediate plans for regeneration of the building it has been the site of many art programmes both permanent and temporary courtesy of NVA and the Scottish Arts Council.

Another Gillespie, Kidd & Coia building was the BOAC offices on Buchanan Street in Glasgow, the fab interior is shown below.

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