It was very sad to wake to the news this morning of the fire in the Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art. The Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed building is described as “a work of architectural heritage of world renown and its influence on 20th century architecture is immeasurable”. The fire apparently started when a projector exploded in the basement and the footage of flames coming from the fifth floor roof seem to suggest that the damage will be extensive.
The Glasgow School of Art offers courses in Jewellery and Silversmithing, fortunately the jewellery school is located in a separate campus and has not been affected by the fire. An academic interviewed on BBC news (link above) said that “the school is a very tight community which is attached to the GSA as an institution, and part of that institution is the building itself. Watching it go up in flames is like losing something that you’re very fond of.”
I remember a very strong sense of camaraderie and community when I studied Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts, and being very attached to the buildings that housed it. And that was when it was located in some very run down warehouses in Balmain, before the move to the beautiful Rozelle campus. I can imagine being particularly fond of a building that has interiors such as these…
It will be very sad indeed if all of this is lost.