The Alexander Thomson Society is pleased to announce an international ideas competition open to architects and students of architecture to celebrate the work of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, one of Glasgow’s greatest nineteenth century architects. It is being launched to coincide with the Year of Architecture 2016 and culminates in 2017 by an exhibition of selected entries to mark the bicentennial of the architect’s birth. The exhibition will take place in The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, housed in a Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building.
The objective of the competition is to invite designs for a contemporary interpretation of Thomson’s ‘Double Villa’, otherwise known as the Villa Maria. Accommodation should be equivalent to that of the semi-detached pair of the original design, and comprise arrangements for sleeping, eating, dining, washing and relaxing which reflect upon a twenty first century lifestyle.
The site selected is located in the district of Pollokshields in the south side of Glasgow. It is a level, triangular piece of land at the junction of Nithsdale Road and Darnley Road. The site is unique in that it is overlooked by the presence of three of Thomson’s buildings, as well as a magnificent semi-circular corner tenement obviously inspired by the architect.
Lorne Terrace and Nithsdale Street tenement ranges are complemented by Moray Place, the terrace in which Thomson developed and in which he and his family lived at number one.
Entrants are required to submit their proposals in a digital format, printable to dimensions of 420 x 420mm (A2 square format). A minimum of one sheet and a maximum of three should be submitted. The submission of architectural models is also encouraged.
Entries should be anonymous. On registration a number will be issued, this should be included on each sheet of the submission and on the base of any models.
Launch –September 12th 2016
Earlybird registration closes – 31st October 2016
General registration closes – 23 December 2016
Q&A deadline – 13 January 2017
Submission deadline – 27 January 2017
Announcement of prize winners – 24 February 2017
Exhibition – 9 April 2017
A registration fee of £20 is required.
This competition is unrestricted and open to anyone with the exception of the Trustees of the Alexander Thomson Society.
The winning design will receive: £500
Two highly commended designs will receive: £100 each
The judges may make other awards at their discretion.
Mark Baines – Chair Alexander Thomson Society
John Gerrard – Architect
Tim Gray – GIA President
Neil Murphy – Pollokshields Heritage
An architect of international renown to be announced
The judges will be analyzing each entry based on the following criteria:
• Overall design
• Level of detail
• Concept and understanding of the precedent
• Quality of submission
Questions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, a list of answered questions will anonymously be published on the website under the Q&A tab.
TitleCompetition for a Double Villa
TypeCompetition Announcement (Ideas)
Registration Deadline23/12/2016 17:00
Submission Deadline27/01/2017 17:00