Glasgow Mackintosh School of Architecture MSA Stage 3

Piotr Miskowiec (he/him)

Interdisciplinary Studies
Interior renders
Plans and Sections
Sistema Music retreat

Interdisciplinary Studies

Working with a team of engineering and quantity surveying students, we were tasked to work together to incorporate architecture, structural design and strict budget restrictions into the performance hall design. This project lasted several weeks, and consisted of weekly group meetings where the design was streamlined to fit the brief.

Construction sequence of performance hall

A construction sequence showing the different stages of structural components of the performance hall

Perspective of performance hall

Interior renders

Residential corridor



Concert hall walkway

Concert hall

Plans and Sections

The scheme of the residential focuses on the intersection between the shared and the private, using spatial boundaries to mediate between the two. The shared and private spaces are split into two separate wings with a centralized transition space which simultaneously connects the wings and acts as the main entrance into the building, allowing for smooth circulation between the two. The U-Shaped form of the building creates an internal courtyard which acts as vital area for outdoor activities – a feature important to Sistema. The shared and private areas are separated based on noise levels as well as to emphasize the distinction between shared spaces being vehicles for socializing and private areas offering an opportunity for solitude to retreat, relax, sleep and study. The private bedrooms are isolated from the social spaces, with each bedroom being south facing surrounded by trees – this intends to promote the feeling of safety and retreat. The shared spaces are more exposed, with dining opening to the courtyard allowing accessible entry and exit from interior to exterior, and the salon is more open plan with openings framing the concert hall & landscape.

Second floor plan 1:200

First floor plan 1:200

Ground floor plan 1:200

Residential perspective cross section

This section shows the 4 main components of the building: Private accommodation (left), transition walkway (middle), shared spaces (right) and the courtyard

Long section 1:200

Section cutting through residential building

Long section cutting through performance hall 1:200

Sistema Music retreat

The project is situated within Balloch, a town on the Southern end of Loch Lomond, Scotland. Positioned between the highlands and lowlands, it offers views across the Scottish Highlands from the northern most point of the site, where the retreat is placed.

This project is designed to function as a residential music retreat for ‘Sistema BIG Scotland’, a charity at the forefront of bettering children’s lives through the use and teaching of music. The project in its entirety comprises of two separate buildings: A public concert hall designed for the community, and a private residential building intended to reside 32 teenagers and 10 members of staff. The function of the residential retreat is for the teenagers and staff to come together, learn and teach music as well as socialize throughout the year with stays ranging from one to several weeks. The retreat will allow the teenagers – often from disadvantaged or troubled backgrounds – to develop transferable skills and increase self-awareness through experiencing community as well as privacy.


1:5000 location plan

Location plan showing wider context and highlighting path from Balloch town centre to the Sistema music retreat.

1:500 Site plan

A site plan showing immediate context of the music retreat.

1:200 Site diagram

This diagram shows the plans in context, highlighting various components of the site