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GSA’s Mackintosh building proves no walkover for BBC

September 22 2010

GSA’s Mackintosh building proves no walkover for BBC
BBC2 is set to get viewers up close and personal with Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building tonight at 18:30 after being given exclusive access to the building exterior.

Dr Jonathan Foyle, presenter of Climbing Great Buildings, will tentatively descend the iconic façade at the end of a rope as he explores the intricate niches, crevices, stone and ironwork of the famous school.

The daredevil climb comes as Steven Holl unveils plans for the first phase of a major campus redevelopment for the school.

Foyle, an architectural expert and historian, told the Scotsman: “Climbing a building like the GSA makes you look at things very slowly.

“I’ve been studying buildings for 20 years and until this series came about, I have had the same vantage point as anyone else. But climbing them gives you the very same perspective that the people who built it once had, and it offers a very real insight into some of the details.”

Image taken by Jason Brown of Abbozzo.


#1 Posted by abbozzo on 22 Sep 2010 at 13:20 PM
saw the climbers - have a few photos here
John Glenday
#2 Posted by John Glenday on 22 Sep 2010 at 17:44 PM
Thanks Jason

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