16 September 2017 (Sat 11am–3pm Sun 1pm–3pm. Tours available upon request; 30mins.)
17 September 2017
Built in the Brutalist style of the 1960's when concrete was king, the iconic green pyramid design is visible over a wide part of the city. A must-see; visit the amazing sanctuary with its soaring pyramid rood of wood and glass.
Anderston Kelvingrove Church was designed in 1965 and completed in 1968 as part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the Anderston area in Glasgow. Situated at the centre of this inner city housing estate the striking pyramidal roof and shuttered concrete belltower makes Anderston Kelvingrove Parish Church a focal point in the community. The building is an important example of a post-war place of worship, exemplified by its open plan form and its Brutalist detailing. The exposed concrete frame structure with brick infill is punctured by strip timber windows, the detailing of which is continued in the interior in the rhythm of the hardwood upstands to the glazed screen walls. The church was designed with service to the community in mind and the building had to accommodate an unusually diverse level of activities. Therefore aside from the principal worship hall, located on the first floor below the pyramidal roof, the building has a suite of halls and meeting rooms of various sizes as well as office accommodation and living quarters. The irregular plan of the building and the variety of the materials used externally and internally articulate these diverse functions but overall the building is a cohesive set piece, which is relatively unaltered. The community work has continued in this parish. The open-plan design of the church demonstrates the move to a less hierarchical form of worship occurring during this period –reforming worship by examining its purpose and exploring the relationship of the congregation to God, to each other and the wider community.
Sat 11am–3pm Sun 1pm–3pm. Tours available upon request; 30mins.
Meeting Point: Inside front entrance
Level entrance to building, stairlift to upper floor
Architect: Honeyman Jack and Robertson
Building Date: 1967