Sunday, June 24, 2018

Glasgow School of Art

On June 15, a fire all but destroyed the most important building in Glasgow. The school was in the final stage of renovation after a fire in 2014 decimated the library. Why is the GSA so important and why is it worth saving---somehow, some way? This is a detail of the north facade. If you had no hint as to when it was built or who designed it, would you guess that it was completed in 1909? We do not usually connect such simplicity with Edwardian-era architecture. I have been lucky enough to stand in the street and admire those dramatically graceful railings and how they contrast with the windows. I have experienced those interior spaces. And somehow, future generations should be able to experience it as well.