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Glasgow School of Art unveils scale-model of Mac library

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The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) has unveiled a specially-commissioned scale-model of the Mackintosh Library ahead of its restoration by Page\Park

The model is a 1:20 representation of what the timber-panelled library looked like before it was destroyed by fire last May.

Built by specialist architectural modelmakers Finch & Fouracre, the model measures around 600mm x 600mm x 450mm and took more than three months to make.

It was created using drawings which were made by Paul Clarke who is part of the Page\Park-led design team for the Mackintosh Building restoration. The drawings, which he made whilst at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, provided accurate measurements for each room.

Mack Library Model

The modelmaker’s view

‘Although a number of different production techniques were used, including laser cutting and acid etching, most of the work was done by hand. A particularly time-consuming aspect of the process was making the tiny specks of colour which decorated the chamfered balustrades on the Mackintosh Library balcony.

‘No one knows for certain if the colours chosen had any particular significance for Mackintosh, but one popular theory is that the colours (white, red, green and blue) represent the four elements of water, earth, fire and air. Meanwhile, each of the decorative panels that hung down from the balcony and were decorated with a different pattern of circles and lines, are rendered in the model by thin layers of acid-etched brass spray-painted to look like wood.

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  • I would suggest you take a look at the Library in Robinson College , Cambridge . In essence an interpretation of the theme established in Glascow

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  • Geoff Williams

    Following the disastrous fire in the original building much focus of attention will, no doubt, be given to the subject of Fire Protection. The emphasis must be on the security of the electrical supply to all fire rated circuits. This is endorsed by the Fire Officers and the IFPO. A 2 hour fire rated cable is essential and must include an enhanced fire survival cabling, known as MICC. Accordingly, this should be discussed with the design team leaders Park\Page.

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