Last summer, the Glasgow School of Art, built in 1909 by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh in a style that mixed art nouveau flourishes with Scottish baronial architecture, was destroyed by a fire that damaged each one of its 259 rooms. It was just announced that the Scottish firm Page\Park has been selected for the iconic building's rebuilding and restoration. The firm has previously restored several other of Mackintosh buildings, and beat out four other practices for the £35M ($52M) commission. The most severe damage was confined to the building's library and studio spaces, but 90% of the structure and 70% of the contents were able to be saved. Work will begin in early 2016, and is expected to take about a year and a half.
"We have, over many years, had the privilege to work on and in the context of the Mackintosh legacy," said David Page of Page\Park, "the highlight of which will now be the opportunity to bring The Glasgow School of Art into splendid re-use for its students and staff, the people of Glasgow and the huge audience beyond the city."
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