Merchant Studios is a 262 ‘studio’ bedroom development situated in Glasgow’s city centre and embodies a different approach to traditional student accommodation, focusing on the development and operation of a ‘boutique hotel style’ contemporary, carbon-zero student community.
Part of the Collegelands Masterplan, instigated to bring about the regeneration and transformation of former railway sidings into a vibrant, new commercial, leisure and residential district in Glasgow city centre, the building sits on a key gap site on Duke Street and is ideally located to provide student accommodation due to being within easy access to university and college locations across the city.
The facade design was developed to reflect the rhythm and material palette of the buildings built within the masterplanned area. However, the design also takes account of the existing elevations of the surrounding historic tenement buildings on Duke Street and High Street as well as the demolished brick building that sat previously on the site, of which only the listed arched wall to Duke Street remained.
The ground floor areas were designed to contain spacious and bright social areas, as well as quiet study spaces, with an intimate and relaxed interior - an important part of pastoral care and well-being and central to the student experience. The internal and external public spaces play a key role in the success of the completed development and the design of these areas has focused on creating an intimate, relaxed feel which is central to the student experience and an important part of pastoral care and well-being.