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a life in architecture - kirsty wark

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Barry Gasson's Burrell Collection building (pictured) is Glasgow's hidden gem, says Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark. 'It is an incredibly restful building - the mix of modern materials and the lovely warm pink Scottish stone. I love the way you sweep straight in through the medieval doorway, and the wonderful interplay between light, space and the artefacts. It houses the collection brilliantly, despite Burrell's insistence that his own rooms were recreated there. They are the dullest part!

It's not grand, but the people of Glasgow have certainly taken it to their heart.'

Sir William Burrell was a shipping magnate who bequeathed his collection to Glasgow City Council in 1944, stipulating that it should be housed at least 16 miles from the city centre.

Cleaner air meant it could eventually find a home closer to the populace in the mature woodland setting of Pollok Park.

'The best part is the glass wall right at the back. This brings you slap bang up against the trees, so that every time you go it is completely different. I've been to functions there and I've taken the kids. You see families playing in the park, and the staff seem really happy to be working there. It has also weathered really well since it opened in 1983.'

Unfortunately, the Burrell does not make it into Wark's new series about the Modern Movement in Britain, From Here to Modernity, which starts on 26 November. 'It looks at the ÚmigrÚ tradition through to the failure of system building, so stops more or less at Ronan Point, ' she explains.

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