Glasgow Mackintosh School of Architecture MSA Stage 4

Mani Motta

Center for Recreational Performance
Domesticity and Labour
Urban Housing: Towards an autonomous makers commons

Center for Recreational Performance

My thesis for Urban Building explores the intersection of music performance and sport. The building I propose is a Center for Recreational Performance where the primary purpose is participation. Performance is a collective act between the performer and the audience. Performers shape the environment for themselves and others. This civic building is an experimentation of the ideas of bringing sport (predominantly football) and music together in a space under the same roof. This intersectional relationship that creates the program and the architecture of this building reflects notions of queerness.

This project is not only to carve a space for the existence of queer bodies; not to make it exclusive. Instead it is a performance and recreational venue that encourages play and expression. The building offers infrastructure that allows for participation in performance.


Facade Detail

Street View

Performance Hall //2

Performance Hall //1

Site Axo


Detailed Section

Short Section

Building Program Map

Site//Roof Plan


Winter Garden

Performance Hall

Gibson Street View

Ground Floor

Second Floor

First Floor

Ground Floor Mezzanine




Domesticity and Labour

Urban Housing: Towards an autonomous makers commons

The scheme is to promote and teach about self sufficiency. Intertwining domesticity, sustenance and production in a undefined, overlapping way. It is about having an undetermined space to make something out of, whether domestic, or productive, but the definition of either is not explicit to the space. The inhabitants must pass through this state of indeterminacy in order to inhabit, and indeed, to dwell, outside the realm of the nuclear family, and capitalist traditions. Through the use of industrial typologies, scales and materials, a state of rawness is provided for people to have the ability to define for themselves their environment from within, instead of having it imposed on them. The generosity of space allows to accommodate events of different scale, it also demonstrates a potential for what could grow into the space. For example, when an additional room or floor is needed, it can be fulfilled. To start with a size of space larger than a tight fit of form following function allows for natural changes.

domestic and industrial

Calton//The Barras

Calton Public Amenities Map

Libraries + Multiple Deprivation

Market Day

Kent Street Carpets

Non-market Day



Bain Street


Third Floor

Housing Unit

Housing Unit Section

Labour and domesticity

labour and domesticity

Ground Floor





Exploded axonometric

Courtyard Corner

Tiling the courtyard

Housing Unit Plan