Final pieces in place at Glasgow School of Art

Final pieces in place at Glasgow School of Art

With just over a week to go until its official opening, the final pieces are now in place at Glasgow School of Art’s new Reid Building, with bespoke manufactured joinery by Elmwood Projects.

Home to the School of Art’s design department, the landmark new building was designed by New York-based Steven Holl Architects in partnership with JM Architects and Arup Engineering, with Robert McAlpine appointed as main contractors.

Says Production Director Steven Gough: “The Elmwood team has worked with Robert McAlpine on a number of high-profile projects to date, the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow amongst them, but to be asked to play a part in a building that will produce the designers of the future was a true honour.”

In keeping with the building’s pared-back interiors the Elmwood team worked primarily with natural materials, manufacturing items for key staff and student dwell-points including the reception, bars, grab n’ go food areas and break out areas.

Says Steven: “We sculpted curved seating for different levels of the three signature driven voids, along with creating bar tops and cladding out of blue steel, which we then lacquered to protect its original features and guard against rust.”

The new building takes its name from Dame Seona Reid who stood down as Director of Glasgow School of Art in 2013.