Steven Holl Architects Selected to Design New Building for Glasgow School of Art
Source:Artforum Date: 2009-09-11 Size:
Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Glasgow-based JM Architects, has won the international design competition for the new building of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) on the site opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh's renowned building.

 

Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Glasgow-based JM Architects, has won the international design competition for the new building of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) on the site opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh's renowned building. The new building will significantly enhance the teaching, learning, and research facilities available to GSA students and staff. The competition to find an architect-led team that will ultimately create the building design was organized by the school. The selection committee, chaired by Barcelona-based architect David MacKay, selected Steven Holl Architects with JM Architects by unanimous vote.

The plan for the new Glasgow School of Art draws on the push-pull typology of light analogous to that of the original Mackintosh building but moves forward using a new language. The building is composed of volumes shaped by light and connected by a "circuit of connection" that encourages the creative contact central to the workings of the school.

"We are thrilled to be selected for this very important project for the new Glasgow School of Art," said Holl. "It is an honor to make a new architecture for a twenty-first-century school across from Mackintosh's inspiring masterwork of the early twentieth century. Since my student days at the University of Washington, the amazing Mackintosh building with its tremendous light and magical scale has been a seminal reference."

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