Scotland Street School, by Rennie Mackintosh
Scotland Street School, by Rennie Mackintosh, Glasgow
 
This evening, I am focusing on Glasgow’s Scotland Street School Museum principally because the building represents part of the local legacy of famous architect/designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh ( 1868-1928). Overall, there are currently twelve buildings in and around Glasgow representing the work of Mackintosh and his wife, Margaret MacDonald who were graduates of the famous Glasgow School of Art which continues to this day as a teaching institution.
 
The school was built (in 1906) to accommodate the educational needs of children from the growing population then serving the extensive shipbuilding and engineering industries in the locality. The School was designed around a corridor system  for 1250 pupils. Population decline set in after World War II with closure in 1979 when the pupil roll was just 89. The building has been retained and converted to a museum focusing on the history of education.
 
Key architectural aspects include:
  • The rear, south facing walls, comprise a bank of windows for a combination of light and solar heat.
  • Impressive leaded glass towers.
  • Magnificent, tiled drill hall.
  • Carved stonework.
  • Interplay of light and space.
 
 
Mackintosh Design, Scotland Street School

Mackintosh Design, Scotland Street School, Glasgow

 
Scotland Street School, Glasgow

Scotland Street School, Glasgow, Scotland

 
Scotland Street School, Glasgow

Scotland Street School, Glasgow, Scotland

 
Architectural Detail, Scotland Street School

Architectural Detail, Scotland Street School, Glasgow

 An interesting site with free entrance and one which I invariably include in my Mackintosh, architecture  tours of Glasgow.

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