The AJ has obtained these drawings and images submitted by the six finalists in the competition to design a new £50 million building for the Glasgow School of Art
Although the school is only initially looking for a project team and design approach, a number of the submissions are particularly detailed - including those thought to be drawn up by Steven Holl Architects with JM Architects and fellow finalists Benson + Forsyth.
The other shortlisted practices are Spanish-based Francisco Mangado Architects, Dublin’s Grafton Architects, Elder & Cannon, Hopkins and a joint bid by John McAslan and Partners with Nord Architects.
A winner will be announced on 25 September.
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Mackintosh shortlist unveiled
None of the big name ‘starchitects’ vying to win the high-profile contest to design a new £50 million building for the Glasgow School of Art has made it on to the seven-strong shortlist
Instead the finalists boast a distinctive Scottish flavour and include, among others, Glasgow-based Elder & Cannon, Nord Architects with John McAslan and Partners, Glasgow’s JM Architects with American Steven Holl Architects and Scots Benson & Forsyth.
A host of Pritzker and Stirling Prize winners, including Richard Rogers, Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield had been among more than 150 teams to enter the competition to mastermind the redevelopment of the Garnethill site opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece.
The finalists are:
Elder & Cannon (Glasgow)
Francisco Mangado Architects (Pamplona, Spain)
Grafton Architects (Dublin)
Benson + Forsyth (London)
John McAslan and Partners with Nord Architects (London and Glasgow partnership)
Steven Holl Architects with JM Architects (New York and Glasgow partnership)
Malcolm Reading who managed the GSA competition said: ‘This is a rich and varied list for an exceptional project. The selection was extremely careful. These were the names that had life-force, they kept appearing again and again during the deliberations.
He added: ‘Not all the practices are well-known in the UK but they all have a distinctive way of working and projects that show a sense of place and sensitivity to environment.
‘What distinguished these teams was they had thought deeply about the context of the building and the needs of the client.’
The judging panel was chaired by David Mackay of MBM Arquitectes and included writer Muriel Gray (deputy chair), Christine Hawley of The Bartlett and Isi Metzstein of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia fame.
The shortlisted practices will now develop their schemes and submit final designs in late July 2009 with interviews in early September. The winning architect-led design team will be announced later that month.
Phase 1 of the development is set to open in 2013.