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Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Call for Entries: The Big Mack Build

09:00 - 22 July, 2018
Call for Entries: The Big Mack Build, The Big Mac Build
The Big Mac Build

The Glasgow Institute of Architects, in collaboration with Glasgow Life, Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival and Mackintosh at the Willow, are inviting entries for an exciting live-build competition during the Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Taking place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th of September, the competition will see the Billiard Room at ‘Mackintosh at the Willow’ on Sauchiehall Street inhabited and transformed by an installation built entirely from cardboard, which will enhance the Mackintosh-designed space.

Entrants are asked to propose an installation designed from cardboard, which will inhabit and enhance

Glasgow School of Art to Be Rebuilt, According to School's Director

15:50 - 10 July, 2018
Glasgow School of Art to Be Rebuilt, According to School's Director, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/paisleyorguk/28218682697'>Flickr user paisleyorguk</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>
© Flickr user paisleyorguk licensed under CC BY 2.0

In his first public statement since the June 16th fire, Glasgow School of Art director Tom Inns said today that the Mackintosh Building would be rebuilt. This commitment, while putting an end to weeks of speculation, is still no guarantee of the famed structure’s future.

As Inns explained to The Guardian, “The building is insured and we’re confident that we can rebuild the building based on that.” The renovations that were begun after the first fire that hit the building in 2014 and damaged around a third of the interior, were made possible by large-scale fundraising efforts from both the public and government bodies. However, it is unclear whether similar efforts will be necessary for future rebuilding efforts, with Inns maintaining that “at the moment, we’re not requesting support from either government [Scottish or UK].”

Glasgow School of Art Building to be Dismantled Following Fire

14:00 - 28 June, 2018
Glasgow School of Art Building to be Dismantled Following Fire,  © Flickr user Paisley Scotland. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
© Flickr user Paisley Scotland. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

It has been confirmed that parts of the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building are to be dismantled. A statement by Glasgow City Council, reported by the BBC, revealed that substantial movement in the building’s walls had been detected from surveys following the June 15th fire, indicating the sudden partial collapse of the structure was likely.

Work on the dismantling is to begin “as a matter of urgency” focusing on the south façade, which was the most seriously damaged during the fire; the second blaze to devastate the building in four years.

The Glasgow School of Art Fire: What Happened, and What Happens Next?

14:30 - 25 June, 2018
The Glasgow School of Art Fire: What Happened, and What Happens Next?,  © Flickr user Paisley Scotland. Licensed under CC BY 2.0
© Flickr user Paisley Scotland. Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Ten days after fire engulfed Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art for the second time in four years, there is still much to learn about how the fire started, how it could have been prevented, and what should now happen to the ruined masterpiece.

While a full investigation into the cause of the fire will likely take some time, the first reports are emerging of fire safety measures being only weeks away from installation before the tragedy struck. Meanwhile, we read new details on an almost-daily basis about the current state of the building, as architects and public figures share their views and opinions on the future of one of Glasgow’s most iconic buildings.

To keep you up to date on the situation, we have compiled the latest information arranged in three stages: the condition of the building before the latest fire, the current status of the building, and some views on the building’s fate.

via Architects Journal © Page/Park via Architects Journal Courtesy of McAteer Photographs + 10

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art Is Burning Again

21:57 - 15 June, 2018
Image <a href='https://twitter.com/81Rocco/status/1007755133336346626'>via Twitter user @81Rocco</a>
Image via Twitter user @81Rocco

For the second time in 4 years, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art Building is ablaze. The BBC reports that the fire began at 23:00 BST and it has engulfed a large portion of the building. Thankfully no casualites have been reported, but one eye-witness said the building is ”going up like a tinderbox.”

Carmody Groarke's Transparent Pavilion Will Allow for the Preservation of Historic Hill House by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

14:30 - 6 December, 2017
Carmody Groarke's Transparent Pavilion Will Allow for the Preservation of Historic Hill House by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The temporary pavilion will cover Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House for preservation work. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke
The temporary pavilion will cover Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House for preservation work. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke

London-based firm Carmody Groarke and the National Trust for Scotland have announced plans for a major project to conserve one of Scotland’s most important buildings: the Hill House in Helensburgh, designed by Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The temporary pavilion will cover Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Hill House for preservation work. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke The structure will be maximally transparent as to preserve the house's relationship to its context. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke Viewing platforms will allow the house to be seen from new vantage points. Image Courtesy of Carmody Groarke Hill House as it stands today © Flickr <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/36698087814/in/photolist-XUThXY-um4aM-YAQuC3-5vCauR-5vGtMS-fUBHod-UHynxs-um2PQ-fGBnhp-ukYEt-um3io-ukYBH-um5ve-um2Hf-um432-ukXqe-5vCag8-um2mj-um2AV-um6Lw-YWQJv5-ukYq7-um3sz-um1by-XYkMYc-YZAHZK-XYJgNX-um6WY-YZAFna-um5M8-ukZtS-YWQF9q-um5YP-ukZ5o-um2eo-um2tW-um3VD-um6aZ-VZVDbr-XYkEGi-um3C3-ukZ8W-ukXY9-nqPNRC-um3M5-um7oB-5vCacT-ukX5z-um4iK-ukZjc'>user hisgett</a>. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 + 4

Spotlight: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

10:30 - 7 June, 2017
Spotlight: Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow School of Art. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecadman/47731591'>Flickr user stevecadman</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>
Glasgow School of Art. Image © Flickr user stevecadman licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

As one of the leading minds of art-nouveau in the UK, Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928) left a lasting impression in art and architecture. With a surprisingly brief architectural career, Mackintosh managed to stand out at the international level in art and design with his personal style known as the "Mackintosh Rose" motif. Born in Glasgow in 1868, Mackintosh is known for his play between hard angles and soft curves, heavy material and sculpted light. Though he was most well-known for the Mackintosh Building at the Glasgow School of Art, Charles Rennie Mackintosh left a legacy of architecture-as-art that transcends the Glasgow school and exemplifies trans-disciplinary architecture.

"The Fort" by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mackintosh,_The_Fort.jpg'>via Wikimedia</a> (public domain) "The Wassail" by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/dalbera/3802874247/'>Flickr user dalbera</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a> Glasgow School of Art. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevecadman/47731591'>Flickr user stevecadman</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>CC BY-SA 2.0</a> Windy Hill, perspective drawing in ink, 1900, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image © Glasgow School of Art + 11

Full-Scale Prototype to be Erected as Part of Glasgow School of Art Restoration Project

10:15 - 6 February, 2017
Full-Scale Prototype to be Erected as Part of Glasgow School of Art Restoration Project, Vizualisation of the library. Image Courtesy of Page\Park
Vizualisation of the library. Image Courtesy of Page\Park

A little over two years since a fire devastated parts of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art, which was deemed to have been caused by fumes from a can of spray foam entering a projector fan, appointed architects Page\Park are making headway in their restoration of the building's iconic library. As part of the project, and alongside Edinburgh-based joinery firm Laurence McIntosh, the practice will create a full-scale prototype of one of the library bays in order to "test the materials and techniques used to construct the original library."

A Selection of Name-Based Architecture Memes

06:00 - 13 January, 2017

The world of architecture can be a serious place. Though the rest of the world holds quite a few stereotypes about architects, unfortunately none of them include us having a sense of humor—and perhaps that seriousness explains why one of the most popular memes involving architects isn't exactly favorable to the profession. Here at ArchDaily we thought we'd do just a little to correct that with some memes riffing on some of the profession's most beloved names—as our gift to the entire architectural profession. Read on to see what we've come up with, and don't forget to get involved with your own architecture funnies.

15 Architects Who Have Been Immortalized on Money

09:30 - 12 May, 2016

In terms of memorialization, being selected to represent your country as the face of a banknote is one of the highest honors you can achieve. Even if electronic transfer seems to be the way of the future, cash remains the reliable standard for exchange of goods and services, so being pasted to the front of a bill guarantees people will see your face on a near-daily basis, ensuring your legacy carries on.

In some countries, the names of the faces even become slang terms for the bills themselves. While “counting Le Corbusiers” doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, a select few architects have still been lucky enough to have been featured on such banknotes in recent history. Read on to find out who the 15 architects immortalized in currency are and what they’re worth.

From Mackintosh to Saint-Donatien, Can We Really Afford to Set History on Fire?

09:30 - 6 July, 2015
From Mackintosh to Saint-Donatien, Can We Really Afford to Set History on Fire?, Firefighters at the Glasgow School of Art in May 2014. Image © Stewart Attwood
Firefighters at the Glasgow School of Art in May 2014. Image © Stewart Attwood

On 23 May 2014, a fire swept through the Glasgow School of Art, destroying its iconic library. The cause of the fire was reported to be a projector exploding in the basement of the building and catching a piece of foam, leading to a bigger fire that rapidly ascended the building. The fire was extinguished after four and a half hours thanks to the efforts of over sixty firefighters and thankfully no lives were endangered - however, considerable damage was made to an irreplaceable historic building.

The building was built between 1897 and 1909 and designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scotland’s influential architect who brought the art nouveau touch to 20th century Britain which influenced design across Europe. As such, the fire that ruined the Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art in was a reminder of our historical heritage and how crucial it is to preserve it and keep it safe from fire.

Video: Reflections on the Diverse Work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

16:00 - 7 June, 2015

Charles Rennie Mackintosh is considered to be one of the most influential artists and architects of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, and earlier this year his work was displayed in an exhibition at the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA), following a five-year research project by the University of Glasgow. Among the exhibition of over 60 original drawings, watercolors and perspectives spanning the entirety of his career, highlights included models of his unbuilt work and original designs for the Glasgow School of Art. Watch the short documentary above on the five-year research process by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), who funded the University of Glasgow's work.

Which Architect Could Restore The Glasgow School Of Art?

00:00 - 18 February, 2015
Which Architect Could Restore The Glasgow School Of Art?, Glasgow School of Art, Eric De Mare. Image Courtesy of RIBA Photographs Collection
Glasgow School of Art, Eric De Mare. Image Courtesy of RIBA Photographs Collection

With the Charles Rennie Mackintosh retrospective opening today at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London Rowan Moore, writing for The Guardian, asks "which architect could restore Mackintosh's masterpiece [in Glasgow]?" The Glasgow School of Art, parts of which were devastated by fire in May of last year, is in the process of selecting a restoration architect from a shortlist of five. Yet for Moore "there are examples of clumsiness and stodginess in some of the past projects of those included that should be allowed nowhere near the School of Art."

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition To Open Next Month In London

00:00 - 26 January, 2015
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition To Open Next Month In London, Design For A House For An Art Lover (1901). Image © RIBA Library
Design For A House For An Art Lover (1901). Image © RIBA Library

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) have announced that a new exhibition exploring the Scottish designer and artist's celebrated, but difficult, career is to open next month in London. Mackintosh Architecture will be the first exhibition solely devoted to his architecture, offering the opportunity to view over sixty original drawings, watercolours and perspectives spanning the entirety of his working life. Seen together, they "reveal the evolution of his style from his early apprenticeship to his later projects as an individual architect and designer." Drawings on display will also show his collaboration with the accomplished artist and designer Margaret Macdonald, his wife.

When Does A Restoration Become A Replica?

00:00 - 6 January, 2015
When Does A Restoration Become A Replica?, 'Lost View' - photograph of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's library (taken 2nd April 2014). Image © Robert Proctor
'Lost View' - photograph of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's library (taken 2nd April 2014). Image © Robert Proctor

Following the unfortunate series of events that saw the Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) iconic Mackintosh Library devastated in a fire in May of last year, a leading Scottish architect has stated that he is "seriously against the idea of remaking the library" as a replica of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's original acclaimed design. Talking to the Scottish Herald, Professor Alan Dunlop has stated that "there is actually no way you can replace it as it was [as] there was 100 years of age and patina that you would have to replicate." Furthermore, he believes that it would not be something that "Mackintosh would do," citing the expansion of "his work in the years between each part of the Mackintosh Building being built [in 1899 and 1909]" as justification. It is his feeling that "the former library had essentially become a museum [and] not a viable working room for students and staff."

RIBA Announces Charles Rennie Mackintosh Retrospective for 2015

00:00 - 2 December, 2014
RIBA Announces Charles Rennie Mackintosh Retrospective for 2015, Design for Scotland Street School by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image © Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Design for Scotland Street School by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image © Hunterian, University of Glasgow

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced a major retrospective of the work of celebrated Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, with an exhibition to be held at the RIBA's Headquarters in London from February to May 2015. Having shown talent as a draughtsman from a young age, Mackintosh started his architectural apprenticeship at the age of just 16, and the exhibition features over 60 original drawings, watercolours and perspectives spanning his entire career from the late 19th century until his death in 1928.

Read on after the break for more on the contents of the exhibition

Design for a house for an art lover, 1901. Image © RIBA Library Glasgow School of Art. Image © Eric De Mare - RIBA Library Photographs Collection Windy Hill, perspective drawing in ink, 1900, by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image © Glasgow School of Art Daily Record, ink and watercolour by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Image © Hunterian, University of Glasgow + 7

Cause Of Glasgow's Mackintosh School Of Art Fire Revealed

00:00 - 27 November, 2014
Cause Of Glasgow's Mackintosh School Of Art Fire Revealed, Scottish Fire and Rescue in the aftermath of the fire. Image © Stewart Attwood
Scottish Fire and Rescue in the aftermath of the fire. Image © Stewart Attwood

The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) have revealed the unfortunate series of events that led to the school's iconic Mackintosh library, alongside a large collection of student work and archives, devastated in a fire in May of this year. According to BDOnline, who have spoken with Tom Inns (Director of the GSA), "final-year students were setting up their degree show projects in the basement and holes in some pre-built foam panels were being filled with the spray foam."

The flammable gas used as a propellant in the canister was sucked into [a nearby] projector’s cooling fan, setting it alight. A foam panel directly behind the projector then quickly also caught light. "The flames quickly spread to timber panelling and through voids around the basement studio and then into the library two floors above and up through the rest of Mackintosh’s 1909 masterpiece." To add insult to injury, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) reported that "a fire suppression system was in the latter stages of installation at the time of the fire but was not operational."

Glasgow School of Art Begins Search for Restoration Architect

00:00 - 13 October, 2014
Glasgow School of Art Begins Search for Restoration Architect, © Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive
© Gordon Hawes Via The Mac Photographic Archive

To repair the damage caused by May's devastating fire, the Glasgow School of Art is searching for a team to carry out the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's celebrated building. Following the overwhelming public support for restoration instead of a contemporary reinterpretation, the selected team will be required to return the building to its original condition over a predicted construction period of five years. More on the restoration after the break.