Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas

Charles Rennie Mackintosh-Steven Holl. An achitectural dialogue of 105 years in Glasgow

Two buildings have recently started a dialogue in Glasgow. One is the Glasgow School of Art, the master piece of Charles Rennie Mackintosh which dates back 105 years (1909). The other is a recent extension of the art school designed by Steven Holl (2014). Both works speak to each other, and my impression is that the new building respects the master piece of 105 years. It is not a solemn veneration, but a respectful admiration that ‘listens’ to Mackintosh and invites him to participate in a contemporary conversation. What follows are photographs from a visit undertaken on April 2014

Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
Mackintosh-Holl. Glasgow. Picture: Ernesto Valero Thomas
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2 thoughts on “Charles Rennie Mackintosh-Steven Holl. An achitectural dialogue of 105 years in Glasgow

  1. It looks great in general, but in comparison with the old building, it lacks the richness of the facade, its depth and the way it connects to the street. I’m not saying the new one should have replicated the strategies of the old one, but the old has a strong connection to the street with its windows and entrance, and I don’t see that connection with the new one.

    1. Thank you Fernando for your comment. Definitely it is extremely difficult to surpass the craftsmanship and originality of the Mackintosh’s school of art. The connection of the street is an important element on the context. The Holl’s building lacks a explicit entrance and also a studied facade; however, I think that the new building ‘admires’ the work of Mackintosh, and allows the dwellers to enjoy the classic building. Your comments are always highly appreciated. Regards man!

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