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Friday, March 07, 2008

This evening, I am presenting an image of the exterior of the Glasgow School of Art which is acknowledged as the finest of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's architectural projects to have been built during his lifetime.

In 1896 Mackintosh won a competition which provided a somewhat revolutionary design incorporating a combination of huge windows and plain masonry.

Sadly, photographs of the interior are not permitted but guided tours of this still thriving art academy are provided by students and last about one hour. The interior is packed with distinctive Mackintosh designs and furniture.

A major US$15M refurbishment programme is in process.This will serve to boost visitor numbers by improving public access. Work on the building will include restoration of original features and removal of modern additions, plus a full programme of timber and stone repair. The new facilities will include a (Mackintosh) interpretation centre.

A visit to the School of Art will prove of great interest, especially to persons familiar with architecture and design. From the top floor a panoramic view of Glasgow is provided. However, there are no lifts/elevators.

For more information on Glasgow Mackintosh tours visit this web page


posted by Catswhiskers @ 1:40 PM 


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