As many of our architectural conservation projects are funded by grants and trusts, there is often a requirement for interpretation to be installed in order to enhance visitor and user understanding and appreciation of the place or building. It is often the case that there is limited space available for such interpretation, and this can mean either a digital-led strategy, or discreet installations that do not impact on the intended use of the building.
At Blairtummock House, in Easterhouse, we were the architects for the restoration and extension of a listed building that had fallen into disrepair. As the building was to be used for commercial office lets, there was no space that could be dedicated solely for exhibition use. We suggested hanging traditional picture frames on the walls to accommodate various interpretative elements - historic photographs of rooms, discursive text about the restoration, and illustrations explaining the building's context. The picture frames further allude to the original use as a private dwelling, and continue to be enjoyed by today's users.