Reflections on the Mac

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On 10 February I was in Glasgow for the launch of Steven Holl Architects’ Reid Building at the Glasgow School of Art.

The new block replaced a number of buildings that had stood on the site immediately across the road from the school’s main Charles Rennie Mackintosh building. The Reid Building mimicks the Mackintosh in scale and poise but contrasts greatly in its mint-green cladding – incomplete at the time of our visit. It was a perfect Glasgow day for the trip, showery and changeable. Just as the team from Steven Holl were constantly stressing the importance of their strategies to bring natural light into the building, sure enough, it was gloaming dark one minute, blasted with low winter sunshine the next. After a tour, our host took us around the Mackintosh. I studied at the art school a decade ago and it was a thrill to pass spaces important to me on two levels: as historically vital architectural design, and a place full of personal memories and resonances.

full article at Disegno Magazine