Milngavie Library / Community Education Centre:
Built in 1980 and designed by Strathclyde Regional Council Department of Architecture. This building is seemingly unremarkable, with its 1970s design stylings and materials palette, the same materials and look can be seen on countless local authority buildings of this period across the UK. Where the Milngavie Community Education Centre stands apart is its stunning setting and the sympathetic way the building works with its immediate landscape and lakeside setting. Walking past the building it was strangely evocative of the waterside scene in Kubrick's adaptation of A Clockwork Orange where Alex puts his droogs in their place......

street address: Allander Road, Milngavie G62 8PN
Latitude / Longitude: 55.944395,-4.32094 (sourced using Google Maps)

view looking south-east across the lake towards the building. The centre is set out exactly on a north south axis.


west elevation showing the stepped form of the building as it steps down to the lakeside


south elevation and west elevation onto and into the lake


view of the building stepping into the lake


view along the largely glazed west elevation


timber decking lines the underside of the west front of the building reminiscent of the use of marine timber


reflection of the water on the underside of the balcony to the west


view south back along the west elevation


north elevation and a pair of concrete benches which line several parts of the lake


part of the north elevation


the rear of the building backs into a wooded area. A large steel frame has been bolted to the structure, this is an addition to the building after construction and must be in response to structural problems with the rear walls.


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The panorama above shows the entrance to the building and to the left the lake and fountain it is sited alongside

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