'The Mackintosh Building' - Site, Light and Space
Animated 3D model of the Glasgow School of Art
'The Mackintosh Building - Site, Light and Space' is a six-minute long animated programme exploring the design and phasing of the Glasgow School of Art building by the world-renowned architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The animation explains how the site that was chosen for the art school became a key factor in the fulfilment of one of its most important design requirements - how light would illuminate its sizable north-facing studio spaces. Using the method of sequential animation, it also shows how the building was built in two phases over a ten year period and how Mackintosh's initial design for the art school changed during this period while he drew on influences from his other building design projects. This change of design is reflected in the very different visual appearance of the East and West façades of the building.
The animation runs in the new 'Window on the Mackintosh' exhibition at the art school located in the Reid Building which opened in the spring of 2014. A selection of stills from this project are shown above.
Just as I was about to revise some parts of this project, a terrible fire on 23rd May 2014 destroyed some of the building including the iconic Mackintosh Library and the work of many art students who were in the process of setting up their degree show exhibits. I was absolutely heart-broken watching the images of the building on fire but grateful that due to the bravery and skill of the Scottish Fire Service, that much was saved. I really hope that this building can be fully restored to its former glory.