Scotland’s Brutalist Hidden Gem to be Restored and Resurrected

Just outside of Glasgow, deep in the 140-acre Kilmahew Forest, is one of the most important modernist buildings in Europe. St Peter’s Seminary was completed in 1966 and commissioned by the Catholic church – a Brutalist concrete spaceship that some hail a masterpiece, while others deem an eyesore (albeit one that is slowly being swallowed up by its natural surroundings). The building has remained derelict for 30 years, despite a brief spell as a drug rehabilitation centre in the 80s. The Catholic church had no use for it after only 14 years, since priests were encouraged to be schooled from local churches instead of isolated seminaries.

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Now the building has been given another chance to shine, by becoming a ‘living sculpture’ for the launch of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture. From March 18th-27th, it will host light installations and a specially commissioned coral work by Rory Boyle, recorded by the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir of the University of St Andrews. Following this, the building with undergo a two year redevelopment plan as a public arts venue funded by Glasgow-based arts charity NVA, who have produced this short film about St Peter’s… a spaceship indeed.

A Future Reclaimed from NVA on Vimeo.