Design Awards 2014
Seona Reid Building
Steven Holl Architects. jmarchitects, associate architects
Winner: Supreme Award
Winner: Design Award
Steven Holl Architects with associate architects jmarchitects were selected from 150 entrants to design and deliver the prestigious new Seona Reid Building opposite Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s famous Garnethill landmark – the Glasgow School of Art – in Glasgow’s city centre.
The new building– which Holl designed with his partner Chris McVoy in collaboration with jmarchitects– is of international quality and reflects the unique character and aspiration of the Glasgow School of Art as a cultural institution. The design is in complementary contrast to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s original Glasgow School of Art building, forging a symbiotic relation in which each structure heightens the integral qualities of the other and as a vibrant hub, provides a daily point of contact between the three branches of the school. The planning and design of the building is highly complex given the range of requirements for bespoke designs for each department and spatial flexibility.
The architects managed series of workshops to establish the detailed functionality of every space in the building, and provided interactive 3D visualisations of all designs to assure end-users that they have everything they need to accommodate their unique working requirements. A robust exposed concrete frame and massive shuttered concrete interior walls are contrasted by a lightweight translucent façade treatment that complements the heavy stone façade of the existing iconic Mackintosh masterpiece opposite. Old and new are then unified by a significant development of the public realm between the two buildings, providing a much enhanced setting for both.