Sunday, November 6, 2016

DESTINATIONS: GLASGOW: City of Design, Innovation and prize-winning Architecture

2016 has been designated as Glasgow's
Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design; during this time the city 
has been celebrating the best of Scotland's architecture, 
both old and new. Formerly a grimy industrial city that tourists
tried to avoid, Glasgow has reinvented itself through design and 
and the enthusiastic embrace of its glorious architectural history. 

"The Mac": 
 Renovations and reconstruction continue at the renowned Glasgow School of Art,
which was severely damaged in a May 2014 fire. The building was designed in the early 1900s by iconic Scottish architect 
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
who essentially brought Modernism to the UK more than 100 years ago, with his streamlined style and unique design vocabulary,

Left: close-up of school's exterior 

 Below: the school's singular library
"The school has responded to the effect of the
fire in a manner that seeks to
harness the creative energy of
the institution itself."

On the other end of the spectrum,
the Saunders Centre at Glasgow Academy --  a sleek, state of the art science and technology block that was constructed for a private school in Glasgow -- 
was recently awarded the Andrew Doolan "Best Building in Scotland" prize 
for 2016 from a shortlist of 11 projects.

 Exterior of new Glasgow Academy Building

Above and below: Interior views of the Saunders Centre 

Above: Diagrams of ventilation systems and lighting
178-seat auditorium

"The Glasgow Academy Saunders Building is about science in the city, science embedded into the early years of young people's thinking, science celebrated not out the way 
but right in the middle of our community, science as open, not closed and secret."
statement by prizewinners Paige\Park architects

  The festival, which began in October 2016 and runs through
Feb. 2017, comprises talks, walking tours, photography and art exhibits,
music, light projections, sustainable design lectures, films, conversations 
with architects and much more. A programme for the entire list of events
is available here.

Room De Luxe at Willow Tea Rooms,
  Sauchiehall street

"... the rich collections of art in the city museums, the concentration of small 
shops and vintage treasure troves, and unexpected leafy enclaves 
are only a few of Glasgow’s charms. Ultimately it’s the openhearted, 
hospitable and occasionally irreverent people who live here 
that create such a welcoming city. "
N.Y. Times, August 2014         


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