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Wind damages Steven Holl's Glasgow School of Art

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The facade of Steven Holl’s Reid Building for Glasgow School of Art (GSA) has been damaged in the hurricane-force winds which have swept Scotland

Glass panels were smashed when temporary guttering from the emergency roof on the neighbouring, fire-damaged Mackintosh building was blown over the main canopy, across Renfrew Street and into the front of the award-winning Reid building.

Three opaque-green tinted glass panels above the entrance to the Holl scheme were ‘badly shattered’ and another cracked. Two other clear glass panes were damaged and an area in front of the main foyer has been cordoned off following the incident at 11pm last night (8 January).

According to a GSA spokeswoman, the ‘main priority was to make the site safe’. Students and tutors are now using the entrance in Dalhousie Street.

Weather forecasters predict further storms tonight, with winds again expected to reach over 100mph.


The news comes just a day after the five firms vying to restore Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s building was announced.

The Grade A-listed building masterpiece was devastated by fire in May with the famous library almost entirely destroyed.

Building study (AJ 09.05.14)

Glasgow School of Art by Steven Holl


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