Glasgow School of Art
Steven Holl Architects
The plans for Phase 1 of The Glasgow School of Art re-development were recently released.
The new building will replace the Foulis Building and Newbery
Tower on Renfrew Street opposite the Mackintosh building and
significantly refurbish the Assembly Building which houses the
Inspired by Mackintosh's inventive manipulation of his 1909 Art School building's plan and section to introduce and deploy light in a tremendous variety of inspiring and successful ways, the new design complements its neighbor, but moves forward using a new language of light.
The site opposite the Mackintosh Building calls for a unique, inspiring and stimulating twenty-first century architecture with a great sensitivity to light, detail, and material. The new Glasgow School of Art Building will provide contemplative space for individual creativity and thought, and spaces of collective interaction for students, staff and the Garnethill community./Steven Holl
The design began with the Studio space - the core of teaching and making art. Well proportioned studio and workshop volumes are arranged in plan and section with ideal top and side light. They are adaptable with potential for individual studios to open into larger groups, and arranged with functionally adjacent support spaces in rhythm with the studio/workshop volumes.
They are illuminated with north light, with shafts of warm
south, east or west light. Studios are generally positioned on the
north facade provided with large inclined north facing glazing to
maximize access to the desirable high quality diffuse north light
throughout the academic year.
Spaces that do not have a requirement for the same quality of natural light, are located on the South facade (opposite the Mackintosh building) where access to sunlight can be balanced with the occupants; needs and the thermal performance of the space through application of shading or informed shaping of openings.
Centralized facilities for the GSA campus, including exhibition
spaces, seminar spaces, digital media and the "Window on the
Mackintosh" centre are located on the ground floor in a carefully
considered balance that forges an identity as an academic building,
for the school and students, but that also invites the public
Located one level below, a 300-seat lecture theatre has direct
access to the lobby as well as the centralized workshop and
associated assembly spaces. Immediately above the ground floor are
the school directorate and administrative offices (on the south)
whilst studio space occupies the entire north side at this level
and moving up through the building.
The exterior of the building will be coated in a thin skin of matte glass referencing Mackintosh's stone skin on the 1909 building.
The material, used by Steven Holl Architects on the Vanke Center in Shenzen, China, will soften the light on the Mackintosh building ensuring the studios continue to benefit from the quality of light as envisaged by the designer.
Steven Holl Architects, in collaboration with Glasgow-based JM Architects, won the international design competition.
Facts about Glasgow School of Art
121,094 ft2/11,250 m2
Steven Holl, Chris McVoy
Partner in charge:
Competition Project architect:
Michael Van Valkenburgh
Last updated: January 14, 2013