Devastating fire leaves Glasgow School of Art in a parlous state
June 16 2018
Glasgow School of Art has found itself at the centre of yet another devastating fire just four years after an earlier blaze tore through one wing of the famous school, gutting its unique library.
The latest fire is far worse having spread rapidly through the building with apparent ease, taking the entire interior with it to leave only the walls standing.
In the process it has wiped out four years worth of painstaking restoration efforts led by Kier Construction and Page\Park architects, who had only just begun installing a hand-built replica of the original complete with a ‘mist suppression system’.
Scottish Fire & Rescue Service area manager David Young said: “Damage inside is quite considerable.
Colleagues who were at the fire four years ago said it was less devastating than it is now.
"Damage is from one end of the building to the other. The roof is damaged and the floors. The building is in a poor state.”
In the aftermath of the 2014 fire a debate began over whether to create a contemporary reinterpretation of the library rather than a ‘pastiche’ recreation, with the school ultimately committing to the latter vision.
Given the extent of devastation this time around a contemporary interior behind surviving masonry may be the only option available.
Sauchiehall Street was already reeling from an earlier nightclub fire that left another block cordoned off
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