ISO Design Studio

McGinlay Bell, Glasgow, 2016


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Conversion of a former commercial space into a new studio set within a historic building and townscape

The ISO Design Studio development is situated at 65 Virginia Street within an historic building in the Merchant City area of Glasgow city centre, with the sites first major development happening around 1842.

The basis of the scheme is a 600m2 conversion of an existing three-storey (ground, basement and sub-basement) retail space, with a narrow frontage and long plan, into purpose built flexible office space, event space, social areas and editing suites for the renowned digital media company ISO.

The ground floor is the main work space, while the basement floor has the main social area focused around a kitchen/dining space and light well to the street. The sub-basement has the city space with a gallery and event space focused around a light well to the back court.

The interior rooms have been defined by a series of carved spaces and external views have been opened up to bring light and sense of place.

Elements of the historic fabric have been exposed to give meaning and connection to the history of the building and work in harmony with layers of refined, contemporary and durable elements.

A layer of crafted elements has been inserted into the studio (window seats, work spaces, social areas, meeting spaces, circulation pieces) to provide a hierarchy of intimate to communal spaces.


  • Begun: Nov 2015
  • Completed: Nov 2016
  • Floor area: 600m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £240,000
  • Tender date: Jun 2015
  • Procurement: SCA 2014
  • Address: 65 Virginia Street, Glasgow, G1 1TS, United Kingdom

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