Archinect - News 2015-03-30T03:07:37-04:00 Mackintosh Library: restore or create anew? Alexander Walter 2015-03-18T16:07:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:40:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After almost a year of impassioned debate, the Glasgow School of Art&rsquo;s Director has announced that its Library will be restored to its original state. [...] In response to Professor Inns' statement, Professor of Architecture Alan Dunlop asserts below that Mackintosh himself sought new forms in architecture and that there are architects capable of designing a new Library to live within his original masterpiece.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five firms shortlisted for Mackintosh Library renovation after devastating fire</a></p> Mackintosh exhibition emphasizes need for careful selection of architect for Glasgow School of Art restoration Alexander Walter 2015-02-16T13:54:00-05:00 >2015-02-16T13:59:39-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Charles Rennie Mackintosh&rsquo;s drawings go on display at the RIBA, the search is on for the architect who might best restore the glory of his fire-damaged masterpiece, the Glasgow School of Art. [...] But the list seems to have been compiled too much on the basis of who has been there and done what when it comes to restoring historic buildings, rather than a real desire to find architects with the right sensitivity for the job.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Five firms shortlisted for Mackintosh Library renovation after devastating fire</a></p> Glasgow School of Art to hold conference about restoration of Mackintosh library Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T13:37:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Architectural experts are to meet in Venice to discuss the restoration of Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Mackintosh library, which was destroyed in a fire in May. The art school will host two meetings to explore key questions around the rebuilding of the unique library, one in the Italian city in October and the second in Glasgow next spring.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art fire</a></p> Salvage starts at fire-ravaged Glasgow School of Art Alexander Walter 2014-05-29T18:01:00-04:00 >2015-02-10T13:16:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The GSA said that retrieving the archives and collections from inside the building was its &ldquo;first priority&rdquo;. [...] Firefighters were able to save around 70 per cent of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed building&rsquo;s contents during the blaze. But the famed Mackintosh library, which contained hundreds of rare periodicals and collections, was destroyed, along with countless works of art and the roof of the west wing.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art on fire....</a></p></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UPDATE: Glasgow School of Art fire</a></p></li></ul> UPDATE: Glasgow School of Art fire Archinect 2014-05-23T13:23:00-04:00 >2014-05-29T02:05:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today's tragic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">developing story</a> is the massive fire engulfing the historic <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Glasgow School of Art</a> building, the <a href=";client=firefox-a&amp;hs=Wja&amp;rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&amp;channel=sb&amp;tbm=isch&amp;tbo=u&amp;source=univ&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=Rot_U_jJEM6JogSFkYCYDA&amp;ved=0CCoQsAQ&amp;biw=1272&amp;bih=1289" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">masterpiece</a> by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.</p><p>News updates and tweets (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">#gsafire</a>) are pouring in left and right, and we'll try to collect the latest developments in this post.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tweets about "#gsafire"</a></p><p><strong>The Glasgow School of Art Media Centre <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">tweets</a> a link to this Statement from Muriel Gray, Chair of Board of Governors on fire at the Mack:</strong></p><p><em>"Today is a really black one for the GSA, but I cannot thank the fire brigade enough for the speed with which they came and their commitment to contain and extinguish the fire.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Fortunately there have been no fatalities or injuries.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>I am so proud of the staff and students and how everyone has pulled together. We are thankful to all the Glaswegians who turned up to comfort students and to friends from across the world for their messages of support."</em></p><p><strong>The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service publishes <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this update</a>:</strong></p><p><em>Fire at the Mackintosh Buil...</em></p> Living up to a Charles Rennie Mackintosh classic Archinect 2014-04-09T12:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:25:53-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Designed by US architect Steven Holl, the new &pound;30m building - which is part of a &pound;50m project - replaces a 1970s concrete tower block. It will bring the departments of design together under one roof, along with a new lecture theatre, workshops, canteen and staff offices. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a 28-year-old junior draughtsman at a Glasgow architecture firm when he drew up the designs for the building that many consider his masterpiece.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Faulty tower: Glasgow's £10m white elephant Archinect 2013-06-03T11:43:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T20:24:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When it was built, it held the Guinness World Record for the "tallest fully-rotating tower" - although to be fair, there was not much competition for that particular accolade. The 127m-tall (416 ft) steel and glass tower, the highest building in Scotland, was the only structure in the world able to rotate fully through 360 degrees from base to top. Neil Baxter, secretary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland says the idea was unique: "Nobody had ever tried to do that."</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>The problem, however, is that it doesn't work.</strong></p> <p> <em>The tower has now been closed since August 2010 and the science centre recently announced it had settled a lengthy court action with the contractors.</em></p> <p> <em>Science centre bosses said they had received "substantial" compensation but there seems to be very little prospect of the tower ever turning again.</em></p> <p> <em>Architect Peter Wilson, of Edinburgh Napier University, is one of the critics of the project.</em></p> <p> <em>"The fundamental thing about this is that when it was initially designed, it was never meant to be built," he says.</em></p> <p> <em>"It was intended for an 'ideas' competition."</em></p> Zaha Hadid-Designed Riverside Museum Wins European Museum of the Year Award 2013 Alexander Walter 2013-05-23T18:57:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T15:26:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Zaha Hadid-designed Riverside Museum: Scotland&rsquo;s Museum of Transport and Travel keeps raking in recognitions [...]: the new Glasgow museum attraction just won the prestigious European Museum of the Year Award 2013, presented by the European Museum Forum. The announcement was made at a special awards ceremony at EMF's annual assembly hosted by the Gallo Romeins Museum in Tongeren in Belgium, EMYA Winner in 2011.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Zaha Hadid’s Riverside Museum Wins European Museum Academy Micheletti Award 2012 Alexander Walter 2012-05-07T14:01:00-04:00 >2012-05-07T14:43:09-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Zaha Hadid Architects-designed Riverside Museum in Glasgow, Scotland has been named the most innovative museum in the fields of technology, labor and social history by the European Museum Academy. Riverside competed against museums in 12 other European countries to win the 17th annual Micheletti Award.</p></em><br /><br /><p> With the UK entering a double-dip recession, let's just hope the Riverside Museum enjoys a better fate than Hadid's Maxxi Museum in Rome&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">(previously on Archinect)</a>.</p> Paul Stallan Studio to restore iconic brutalist masterpiece pstallan 2011-10-13T12:07:38-04:00 >2011-10-14T11:42:02-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Paul Stallan Studio have been commissioned by the Diocese of Motherwell to prepare refurbishment and restoration proposals for Grade &lsquo;A&rsquo; listed Gillespie Kidd &amp; Coia R.C. Church St. Bride&rsquo;s, in East Kilbride. This Scottish interpretation of the brutalist style of 1960&rsquo;s architecture is one of the finest buildings to be produced by one of the most influential Scottish practice of the era.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mackintosh’s best friend ...or worst foe? Paul Petrunia 2011-03-28T23:07:40-04:00 >2011-04-05T13:18:58-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Holl&rsquo;s relationship with Mackintosh is about to get more intense. Last week, Glasgow City Council granted planning permission for the &pound;50 million GSA building Holl designed to be built across Renfrew Street from the Mackintosh Building.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>