MACKINTOSH BUILDING AT GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART ENGULFED IN FLAMES

June 18, 2018

Many of us awoke Saturday morning to the tragic news that the Mackintosh Building had once again caught fire. Built in 1909 for the Glasgow School of Art, the iconic building by Charles Rennie Mackintosh was engulfed in flames late Friday night.

The fire occurred just a few days after Glasgow celebrated the 150th birthday of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. GSA was nearing completion on a renovation of the building, which was damaged in a fire a few months after the opening of the Reid Building in 2014.

Steven Holl Architects designed the Reid Building as part of a competition in 2009. The firm’s design emphasized the importance of Mackintosh’s design in its use of light and stacked programming. At the same time, the complementary contrast of the façade was designed to preserve the historical significance of the Mackintosh Building.

"We're very saddened to hear the news of the second fire of the Mackintosh building. This unbelievable burning has destroyed a soul. With his competition winning design in 1896, Mackintosh realized a deeply original creative landmark at the birth of modern architecture. Our 2009 design for the Reid building was made in the spirit of preserving his masterpiece, and opened in 2014 shortly before the first fire. This double tragedy is beyond belief. Our thoughts are with all who have a connection to the building.” - Steven Holl

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