222 Clyde Street
385mm x 305mm
Biro on collage of recycled envelopes
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Typographical House, originally known as SOGAT (Society of Graphical and Allied Trades) House, and constructed between 1961-65, this medium sized office building is sited on the north bank of the River Clyde. The building was designed by Glasgow architecture firm Rogerson and Spence.
The building has clear modernist influences of the horizontal banding racing around the elevations. The glazing turns the corner of the building revealing that the structural frame of the building is held within the walls, which is responsible for the loading rather than the walls.
A variety of precast concrete panels are used for the external skins, the vertical circulation (staircase) is celebrated with the full height glazing at the front, and a classic 1970s font signage on the front (south) elevation onto Clyde Street dates the building to the early 1970s.
The flat roof has a parapet and a small plant room/access structure at the front, this form is a simple box, but has a flying swept roof form giving the south front elevation of the building a Corbusier influence. Currently the entire building lies empty, and minor vandalism has occurred on numerous occasions.
The west elevation is a former party wall and following the demolition of the adjacent building been inadequately protected by plastic sheeting. Numerous broken windows can be seen and other flaws in the building's envelope.
Typographical House is not a listed building so therefore it is also not on the Buildings at Risk Register. The building has deteriorated since the adjacent Georgian townhouses were demolished in 2007-8 and has been empty and unused since 2011.