18 June 2018 - Fire consumes Glasgow School of Art for second time
Glasgow School of Art: Architect fears iconic building is 'irreparable' after devastating fire
Chiara Giordano (The Independent, 17/06/2018)
An architect who studied at Glasgow School of Art fears the iconic Mackintosh building is “irreparable” after a fire tore through it for the second time in four years.
The world-renowned art school was engulfed in flames after another huge blaze took hold of the Category A (Grade I)-listed building at about 11.15pm on Friday.
The art school, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and built between 1897 and 1909, had been undergoing restoration work after being damaged by a fire in 2014.
Glasgow School of Art ‘would cost £100m’ to rebuild after fire
Hamish Macdonell, Mike Wade (The Times, 17/06/2018)
The fire-ravaged Glasgow School of Art would cost £100 million to restore, experts warned as calls for a public inquiry into the blaze were rejected.
About 50 firefighters were still at the scene this afternoon, nearly 48 hours after the historic building was set alight. The damage was far more expensive than after the last fire to hit the building four years ago, which destroyed the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Library.
This time the whole A-listed art deco school on Refrew Street was reduced to a shell in a fire which also consumed the neighbouring O2 ABC venue and Campus night-club.
'It's dreadful to think what Glasgow might be without it': tributes to the School of Art
(The Guardian, 17/06/2018)
Our final year degree show was in the Mack. Having a show in that building in that space is so instantly powerful. It makes you realise that other spaces are not significantly beautiful and impactful. When you go to galleries, people talk about curating the space, but at the Mack, it’s just where it was just meant to be.
“A lot of the Mackintosh’s buildings have this play of light and dark. On the bottom floor, it had tall windows which let in an enormous amount of light. The painting studios were in there. In the corridor, it had this black wood with lots of small holes and grilles. Going in and out was almost violent – it created these rapidly changing feelings.
The papers: Art school 'history ablaze'
(BBC News, 17/06/2018)
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