The chance for young architects to learn about Mackintosh’s technical innovations is one argument for rebuilding the Mac, says Harald Røstvik
The devastating fire that destroyed the 1909 grade A-listed Glasgow School of Art (GSA), designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, raises some fundamental questions to be addressed during the next few months.
My experience from similar tasks – among them the differently scaled rebuilding of the writing house of Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) in Skjolden, Norway – can perhaps help shed light on and structure the many possible lines of argument.
While the Mac building is huge, the Ludwig Wittgenstein (LW) house is only 59sq m – yet many of the considerations we had to make in order to reach a decision to rebuild were similar.
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