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Glasgow School of Art wins 2014 Building of the Year

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The new Reid building by Steven Holl Architects and Glasgow-based JM Architects has been named AJ100 Building of the Year 2014  

Sponsored by Philips, the annual award is given in recognition of the finest building completed by any of the UK’s top 100 practices during the past year.

Delivered on site by AJ100 firm and associate architects JM Architects, the £50million project for the Glasgow School of Art was chosen as the unanimous winner of the much-sought after accolade.

The jury was adamant JM Architects’ role alongside Stephen Holl in making this ‘bold, complex building’, as Crispin Kelly called it, should be recognised and that the role of executive and associate architects in the creation of good and great buildings be more fairly acknowledged. The AJ and its jury for this award category is proud to take this lead.

‘The rhetoric of education buildings has been recast,’ said Deborah Saunt about the winning building. ‘It offers fresh insights into what is possible’. For Hanif Kara it has a ‘vitality that transcends the image’, while Mary Duggan admired its ‘clever choreography of connecting spaces, light and voids’.


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  • 'It's clever choreography of connecting spaces, light and voids’ can't hide the fact that the teaching staff have to book a meeting room in order to address the students because the acoustic environment is so bad.
    On a functional level it's a 'fail'

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