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A Bath House on Kelvinway

Part 1 Project 2015
Andrew Thomson
University of Strathclyde, UK
Lord Provost Robert Stewart gave Victorian Glasgow the gift of water, a legacy which has benefitted so many in the city and which has withstood the test of time due to its continued significance.
The feature of the aqueduct is historically symbolic because it played a crucial role in bringing running water to the sprawling reaches of the Roman Empire.
It is fitting then to highlight such an impressive architectural achievement in this bath house design, and it is further fitting to highlight the Stewart Memorial Fountain within the design to pay homage to Robert Stewart’s contribution to the quality of life for the people of Glasgow. But whereas the aqueduct in Roman times was used functionally and as a necessity during antiquity, this building and the fountain instead act as standing reminders of the significance of water in our culture today and what it means to the people of Glasgow as a life source in the ‘dear green place’.
Water truly has enabled Glasgow to flourish into a healthy, happy and modern city and this design succinctly commemorates its enduring legacy in the city.

Andrew Thomson


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