This project is about raising awareness of the damaged condition to St Peters seminary, designed by Gillespie, Kidd & Coia created for the Scottish Catholic Church. Located in Cardross, Scotland. The idea of this project was to take a small exhibition on tour around Scotland, to educate people about the current state of the building. The location of the building makes it difficult for people to visit, it's situated in the woods behind Cardross golf club. Educating the public would bring awareness and some hope to have the building saved.
Designed by Glasgow architects Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of the renowned Gillespie, Kidd and Coia architectural practice for the Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow, St Peter’s was completed and consecrated in 1966. It went on to win the RIBA royal gold medal for architecture. However, the building was only in use as a training college for priests for 14 years. After 30 years of abandonment and decline the buildings are now registered as one of the World Monuments Fund’s most endangered cultural landmarks.
The seminary buildings were originally designed to wrap around the existing baronial manor, Kilmahew House, which was destroyed by fire and eventually demolished in 1995, with only the footprint of the house’s foundations visible today. The seminary’s international significance links to the work of the architect Le Corbusier, and specifically his monastery of Sainte-Marie-de la Tourette near Lyon in France. With St Peter’s, there was rare group value in the highly charged relationship of the new buildings both to each other and to the original 19th century house and in their acutely sensitive response to its immediate setting – a relationship that is still legible despite current dereliction.
The building was abandoned after 14 years, it was riddled with problems but the skeleton of the building stills remains. The stairs, roof and floors have fallen through with the remains scattered around. Even though the building is in a dilapidated condition it still brings urban explorers for photographers to graffiti artists.
I created a series of books and posters to help raise awareness of the current condition of the building. If the public could get behind we could save one the Britains great brutalist buildings. Two a1 posters to show the history and current condition with information about the architects and the people who used the building. Underneath the posters a wood covered book with a japanese style binding, a small booklet and a folded leaflet as a giveaway.