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Nautical Salvation: The Reclamation of the Clyde

Part 1 Project 2015
Joseph Crossland
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
The construction and destruction of the oil industry in and around Scotland has impacted enormously on the day-to-day lives of those who populate it. Once described as the ‘golden ticket’ to the oil world, Scotland has been awash with greedy oil merchants looking to strike oil; whatever the cost. The negative chain reaction of this is more and more ships trailer across Scottish waters, destroying everything in its path.

This project explores the pairing of a rapid response unit that tackles the localised oil spills amongst the Firth of Clyde, acting as a guardian to the oceans, with the incorporation of a public realm inside the towers. This new building typology seeks to address society’s shift in attitude towards climate change in both its form and function.

Situated on the island of Little Cumbrae, the two towers are nestled in between the two core shipping routes in and out of Scotland. The lighthouse of old is replaced with the new, guardian of the seas, acting as a beacon and symbol to passers by that the waters of the Clyde will no longer be destroyed by their industry.

Joseph Crossland

Ms Gladys Masey-Martinez
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