Architect Alan Dunlop is urging the Scottish Parliament to replace the fire-damaged Glasgow School of Art with a modern building
Dunlop has submitted extensive written evidence to the parliament’s Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee, which is conducting an inquiry into the future of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic building.
The architect, who also hopes to appear before the committee, will argue that reconstructing the school to the original designs would be a ‘knee-jerk reaction’ to the second fire to hit the building in four years.
Dunlop said: ’My position has been only that we should stand back and consider what is best to do; and that replicating the GSA might not be the only way forward.
’Instead the creation of a new art school to meet the needs of a school of art in the 21st century should be considered and be part of a national conversation and debate.’
He said that the current situation provides an opportunity to think about the whole city block fronting Sauchiehall Street.
Replacement buildings could include a brand new Mackintosh gallery similar to the Miró Gallery in Barcelona and a new cinema, Dunlop has argued.
Earlier this week, the first session of the committee’s inquiry heard that an independent board of experts should be appointed to oversee a rebuild of the Mac.
No date had been scheduled for the second session of the inquiry at the time of publication.