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Mac will be rebuilt, says Glasgow School of Art director


I'd also add that I am no admirer of Holl's Reid building and wrote for arq at the time of its completion, when it was being lauded by the governors of GSA "Holl’s idea of “complimentary contrast” is curious, what does it mean? For him, it means that “you don’t want to do the same thing, if you want to respect someone; you do the opposite. You do something in contrast” In this respect, Holl has succeeded. Mackintosh’s elegantly proportioned building details his development as a unique and talented architect over a twelve year period. Holl’s glass box seems too big for its site. It is uniformed in its elevational treatment and repetitive in its detail. Mackintosh’s art school, while functional, robust and clearly driven by the needs of students and influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and the architecture of Japan, is firmly rooted in Glasgow and identifiably true to the materials of its construction. But Holl's "cold glass refrigerator of a building" William J R Curtis, should not be the reason why we do not have a full and honest debate that should also consider a competition for a new building.

Posted date

16 July, 2018

Posted time

1:45 pm