was a seminary built near Cardross, on the outskirts of Glasgow. It is remarkable for its modernist design, the architects
having drawn significant inspiration from Le Corbusier's brutalist monastery at La Tourette
, and has been A-listed by Historic Scotland
. During its construction, the Second Vatican Council recommended that priests should be trained and educated in the communities they were to serve; the quasi-monastic setting of St. Peter's thus meant it was obsolescent before its completion. Although it was briefly adapted to serve as a rehabilitation centre for drug abusers, it was abandoned in the 80s and, by 2008, found itself on the World Monument Foundation's list of most endangered sites
(PDF, see p.58). There has been recent talk of the Scottish Government funding a £10m restoration project
, but it is not entirely clear if the restoration is intended to turn the building into an arts centre, a museum or an 'intentional modernist ruin'.
During the 70s, St. Peter's was the subject of a film called Space & Light, by filmmaker Murray Grigor; in 2009 he revisited the site to make Space & Light Revisited
. Sadly, I haven't been able to find this online, but another filmmaker has created a similar film
comparing the building during its early life with its current ruined state. If seeing buildings running to seed this way is depressing you too much, however, why not watch it being built
, or have a look at a virtual reconstruction
(albeit a half-finished one)instead? If, on the other hand, you can't get enough of it, there are quite a few videos of the ruins being explored: this
is one of the best. Alternatively, this page
hosts several panoramic shots of various parts of the ruin.